Youth Campaign says Chakwera cabinet ‘heartless’ for leaving out youths

Amid increasing and continuing dissatisfaction with President Lazarus Chakwera’s maiden cabinet appointments, the Youth Decide Campaign (YDC) has also poured out its own misgivings–expressing anger over what it describes as “violent and heartless” exclusion of youths from the cabinet.

YDC leaders (with Kajoloweka at the center) addressing journalists
Njunga talking to journalists after the press conference

Apparently, the inclusion in the cabinet of youthful politicians such as Ulemu Msungama, Timothy Mtambo and Sosten Gwengwe has hardly pacified YDC which notes that the three are actually way above 35 years.

According to YDC, the National Youth Policy defines the youths as those people in the age bracket of 10-35 years old.

Leaders of YDC–a consortium of five youth civil sociey organisations in Malawi championing the implementation of a national youth manifesto–addressed a press conference in the Capital Lilongwe where they made these sentiments.

“As it is, President Chakwera’s cabinet has zero youth representation. We rebuke the cabinet in its entirety.

“We also would like to remind the president that he is a signatory to the national youth manifesto and that he committed himself to include the youths in the development agenda of this country,” said Agatha Njunga from Network for Youth Development (NFYD)–a member of the YDC consortium.

Njunga was flanked by YDC team leader Charles Kajoloweka–who is also Executive Director of Mzuzu based human rights and governance watchdog, Youth and Society (YAS).

At the news conference, there was also the National Director of Young Politicians Union (YPU) Clement Makuwa and several other YDC leaders.

With approval from his fellow YDC leaders, Njunga continued stabbing at Chakwera’s cabinet, saying it undermines the development endeavors which are meant at uplifting the lives of the youths.

“The youths constitute over 70% of the population in this country. And many of these are capable to serve in various capacities.

“The exclusion of the youths from the cabinet sends a very wrong message. You can only hear the views of the youths when they are in positions of decision making at all levels.

“Involvement of the youths especially at high level sends a high signal on how every sector must respond to youth participation,” said Njunga.

She then called upon President Chakwera to appoint a new cabinet which she says must include some capable youths who must help push the agenda of thousands of other youths across the country in order to realize their aspirations.

Chakwera, 65, became Malawi’s 6th President after amassing 2 607 043 votes against immediate past president Peter Mutharika’s 1 751 877 votes in the June 23 2020 fresh presidential election.

 

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CESSPOOL
CESSPOOL
7 months ago

What does the creation of a youth ministry mean when a million plus jobs are awaiting our youth? The whole write up is a concoction of the beloved club of DPP they have generate a compensatory attitude just to regain unsettled composure the loss is just massively huge of seismic proportions. It will be a tall order for them to reclaim the throne. The royal heir announced decades ago has just taken the throne the DPP and the Atu cohorts are in their own contest as who swims best in a pool of mud. So please fourth estate cadre choose… Read more »

Chamwini
Chamwini
7 months ago

These so called youth are confused, they don’t know what they are talking about

bentby
7 months ago

for me kajoloweka is just confused. gwengwe, mtambo, ulemu, and bambo sikono even chilima are all youth. lets just forge ahead and build the nation together, fault finding like bicycle repairs will not help the nation

Ndadabwa
Ndadabwa
7 months ago

How do you define somebody as a youth? Is a person aged between 16-24 years old. The request to have a youth just for the sake of being a youth does not make sense with holding positions of Uthorities, this is not football its politics that aim at improving lives.

Don’t cry be happy

Kyala
Kyala
7 months ago

Is this a joke from what am hearing from the youth reps? How do you define youth? What ages define youth?

You don’t have to be a youth to understand youth problems. Your parents or anyone understand your problems.

Few youths at the age you want will have the qualifications and drive to do the work. It is not just youth for the sake of youths.

Remnants of APM
7 months ago

The Youth of Bakili Muluzi and APM zibwana too much. You have to go back to school and learn how to write memos to HE. They youth of Bakili Muluzi and APM cannot write English since literature was withdrawn during Bakili Muluzi and Alamu Pumani Mwakalamba.

Kambewa Chisale
7 months ago

Foseki
We need mature people in cabinet and not babies.
We are dealing with issues of importance and not mpira.

mwana wa weneko
7 months ago

Development of the country does not only rest on ministrial appointments. Every member should partcipate in whatever capacity not necesary just being a cabinet minister. I wonder exactly what people think or want. The president can not appoint the whole country into cabinet.

Kambewa Chisale
7 months ago

Tell them they want everyone to be a cabinet minister including Dausi and Mchacha

Hon Mirriam Gwalidi
Hon Mirriam Gwalidi
7 months ago

Koma anakasankha iye Kajoloweka ndipamene mtima wake unakatsika kuti asankha ma youth! What was he doing when both Ulemu and Mtambo were crisscrossing the country canvansing the votes for Tonse alliance? Kufuna kukolora pamene asanalime! He should tell us molingana ndi definition yake ya youth kuti ndi ndani amene ali competent enough to be a minister? You plant before you can harvest and mtima ongofuna kukolora pamene sunadzale ndiumene umawononga dziko. Next time make sure that you get involved.

Kambewa Chisale
7 months ago

Kojo ndi Chindele cha cha kufika kapo

You failed even to be elected as member of Parliament and you want to be a cabinet minister foseki

Bwana Wa Ulesi
Bwana Wa Ulesi
7 months ago

Zausilu Mmasankha nokha. Inu Simuziwa zoti MCP ili ngati Juventus? Ana kwao, munasiya Arsenal nkumati Wenger wakalamba nde ndiizitu. Ife tili kuma Stands

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