Young Politicians Union gun for leadership in 2014

The Young Politicians Union (YPU) says youths will challenge the established political leadership for posts during the 2014 tripartite elections.

YPU Deputy National Director David Katete said this in interview on the sidelines of a three day training workshop for YPU members in Rumphi district.

The meeting that pulled together 50 participants drawn across Rumphi district was aimed at building the capacity of the young people as they aspire for active involvement in politics.

Katete: Time for youth to take over

Katete said young people in Malawi have matured enough saying they should now vie for political leadership both in parties and public offices.

He said the few young people who are holding public offices such as MPs have demonstrated immense potential in contributing to the development of the country.

”In recent years we have seen the emergency of young people doing extremely fine in public offices such as Hon Atupele Muluzi, Hon Sosten Gwengwe, Hon Jenipher Chilunga and Hon Eunice Napolo. This is a clear manifestation that young people have potential to contribute to the political, socio-economic development of the country,” Katete said.

He said young people have therefore been buoyed to vie for political leadership come 2014.

The YPU national deputy director therefore challenged the youths to rise up and shine and prove that they have the potential to lead by actively participating in political activities within their parties.

Katete also said his organization will take a leading role in civic educating the masses about the tripatite elections to avoid null and void votes.

YPU is an inter-party youth organization that pulls together youths from various political parties.

Established in 2003, YPU has district chapters in all 28 districts. Its programmes are being funded by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), a German based organization.

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