Youth Campaign faults Chakwera’s lack of solid plan on 1 million jobs creation

The Youth Decide Campaign has said President Lazarus Chakwera has excluded the capable youths in his public appointments and that his administration’s agenda is not clear “even after 100 days.”

Youth Decide Campaign team briefing the media

This was stated by the grouping when it presented its assessment of Chakwera’s first 100 days in office on Saturday.

The youth claimed the job creation agenda has toned down and urged the government to rise above rhetoric.

Speaking during a news conference in Mzuzu, the campaign’s leader Charles Kajoloweka said the new administration lacks a clear agenda on youths and a solid plan on the creation of one million jobs in a year.

“There is a lack of clear Terms of Reference for measuring performance of Cabinet ministers or ministries. We run the risk of mistaking trivia for achievement.

“Overall, the Tonse agenda on the youth us not clear even after 100 days,” reads the report in part.

A member of the campaign, Vincent Kumwenda added: “We don’t have a clear agenda that the Tonse government is championing especially for the young people. There is no clear manifesto that the Tonse government is pushing.”

Agatha Silungwe of the Network for Youth Development, said the purpose and rebranding of Malawi Enterprise Development Fund (Medf) to National Economic Empowerment Fund (Neef) are not clear.

“It seems more of a political branding than the anticipated reforms,” she said.

Silungwe said there were no consultations with key stakeholders, including the youth sector, in the rebranding.

The grouping has however observed that there is a silver lining with the government over increased accessibility and openness but also reduced abuse of youth for political events.

Minister of Youth and Sports Ulemu Msungama has since taken to his Facebook page to outline Chakwera’s achievements in the first 100 days of office including business skills training for about 406 youth, continuation of the government internship programme, structural expansion of technical community colleges and a review of the National Youth Policy.

Chakwera, 65, became Malawi’s 6th President after  the Tonse Alliance, a group of nine opposition parties that he and Vice-President Saulos Chilima forged to defeat one-term president Peter Mutharika.

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Ambuje Kukaya
Ambuje Kukaya
8 months ago

Public appointments are not meant to be employment rather a service. It is for this reason that board members do not get a salary rather honoraria and sitting allowance. The grouping should help Government realise the vision like making suggestions to revitalize the railway line that could create a lot of jobs.

Malume
8 months ago

At times Malawians must pay much attention to what our leaders are planning to do for this country. You cannot judge someone based on 100 days in office. what hell people. If you seem to be strategic why cant you book an appointment to the president and his vice am sure these people will grant you audience. you are running organizations do not pretend to know what it means to be a state leader. deal with Kanjoloweka and colleagues and give these state leaders a chance to do what first things are as a simple formula to get there or… Read more »

Bryan
8 months ago

to them it’s about the jobs the president spoke about, they can’t think of what other people are doing to earn. There are so many guys who either didn’t go to University but still making it. They have started small business, so this guy wearing a pink shirt feels like it’s worth it to fault the president. Stupid find something to do create yourself a job.

SPIRITUAL WATCHER.
SPIRITUAL WATCHER.
8 months ago

Create jobs yourselves. Osamangolubwalubwa.

sikelo
sikelo
8 months ago

Just shut the hell up, please. Look for a job and work hard with integrity – in other words : show your patriotism for the nation by being productive other than crying for appointments. This noise will not get us anywhere because you are just showing the nation how an empty bucket you are.

Bauleni12
Bauleni12
8 months ago
Reply to  sikelo

He promised 1 million jobs, people voted because of that, so why should they shutup? Inunso nde achitsilu ena. Leaders need to be challenged and to be accountable for their words and actions. You want us tiziwombela mmanja zopusa?

Last edited 8 months ago by Bauleni12
The Sniper
The Sniper
8 months ago
Reply to  Bauleni12

Iweso ndiwe chitsiru, tazikalima Nandolo kumudzi uko! kukonda zaulele basi. munyabe DPP and your YAS should give us a break, dzimbava zinaba ndalama zambiri in this country, maso biii kudikila ati ntchito, azanu akupanga magobo inu mamina mphuno ngati nkhumba, stand up think of something to do!!dont just sit phwiiiii!!

Kaude
Kaude
8 months ago
Reply to  sikelo

We cannot blame the youth. They are not being impatient. They are not making noise. They were promised 1 million jobs in 12 months. We are now in fourth month and there is nothing to show. The one million figure was not an dreamed up figure. It was arrived at after careful consideration. It was arrived at when Covid 19 was at its peak. By now teachers, nurses and extension workers would have been employed in the civil service just to demonstrate committment koma aaa nothing.

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