Youths get po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship chal­lenge

Daily Nation Newspaper - - HOME NEWS - By NA­TION RE­PORTER

YOUNG peo­ple should try to con­test the po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship de­spite fi­nan­cial con­straints and lack of ex­pe­ri­ence, says Cen­tre for Young Lead­ers in Africa (CYLA) ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Jones Malungu. Mr. Malungu said youths could achieve seem­ingly in­sur­mount­able work if united and if they looked beyond their po­lit­i­cal pref­er­ences, opin­ions and tribe. He said this in Lusaka re­cently at the launch of “En­hanc­ing Zam­bian Youth Par­tic­i­pa­tion in Gov­er­nance through Elec­toral re­forms pro­ject”. Mr Malungu prod­ded rel­e­vant in­sti­tu­tions such as the po­lice and the Elec­toral Com­mis­sion of Zam­bia (ECZ) and the Min­istry of Jus­tice to work on the find­ings and rec­om­men­da­tions high­lighted in the re­port such as the Pub­lic Or­der Act and ex­or­bi­tant nom­i­na­tion fees. “It is with great joy and hon­our for me to of­fi­ci­ate at this im­por­tant event whose aim is to see to it that youths in Zam­bia have in­creased par­tic­i­pa­tion in gov­er­nance is­sues. “It is vi­tal that this group of the ma­jor­ity pop­u­la­tion plays an in­creased role to tackle some of the chal­lenges the coun­try is faced with,” he said He said the re­search find­ings of the ques­tions asked in­di­cated that 54.7 per­cent of young peo­ple had lit­tle knowl­edge of the laws that gov­erned elec­tions while 48.3 per­cent in­di­cated that they were not in­ter­ested in pol­i­tics be­cause they lacked fi­nan­cial ca­pac­ity as well as politi­cians fall­ing to keep their prom­ises. Mr Malungu in his rec­om­men­da­tions urged ex­pe­ri­enced and long serv­ing politi­cians to groom the young gen­er­a­tion and put in place de­lib­er­ate in­ter­ven­tions which would en­able them oc­cupy key po­si­tions. And Pro­gramme for Young Peo­ple in Africa (PYPA) pro­gramme man­ager, Maria Ja­cob­son reaf­firmed her or­gan­i­sa­tion’s sup­port to CYLA in its con­tin­ued ef­fort to groom young peo­ple for lead­er­ship. The study was aimed at col­lect­ing in­for­ma­tion on elec­toral laws and how they af­fect and im­pact youth par­tic­i­pa­tion in gov­er­nance through elec­toral re­forms. CYLA is an or­gan­i­sa­tion that has youth mem­ber­ship from eight po­lit­i­cal par­ties which in­clude PF, UPND, MMD, FDD, NAREP, UNIP, ADD and the Green Party.

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