Stop vil­i­fy­ing Lungu, ex-diplo­mat

Daily Nation Newspaper - - BUSINESS & CORPORATE -

By NA­TION REPORTER DE­TRAC­TORS must stop vil­i­fy­ing Pres­i­dent Edgar Lungu and his Govern­ment over youth em­pow­er­ment be­cause ef­forts are be­ing made to im­prove the liveli­hood of the youth, a for­mer diplo­mat has said.

For­mer deputy High Com­mis­sioner to Namibia Dorothy Nachi­longo said in a walk-in in­ter­view in Ndola that peo­ple should stop crit­i­cis­ing the Head of State un­fairly be­cause the Govern­ment has ini­ti­ated pro­grammes to ben­e­fit young peo­ple. Ms Nachi­longo also re­gret­ted that there were some peo­ple in so­ci­ety who were pok­ing fun at the fact that the Govern­ment has al­lo­cated the min­eral residue site com­monly known as Black Moun­tain in Kitwe to small-scale min­ers.

She said the de­ci­sion to al­lo­cate the Black Moun­tain to small-scale min­ers was a gen­uine ges­ture to em­power the youth.“Small-scale min­ers are youths who can em­ploy their fel­low youths. The de­ci­sion to al­lo­cate them the Black Moun­tain is there­fore a right one. These peo­ple could have been roam­ing the streets,” she said.

It was ret­ro­gres­sive, she said, to con­demn ev­ery de­ci­sion the Govern­ment takes be­cause such a ten­dency would send a wrong sig­nal not only in Zam­bia but be­yond.

Ms Nachi­longo said young peo­ple are the fu­ture lead­ers and if some sec­tions of so­ci­ety were not happy with the way Govern­ment was ap­por­tion­ing em­pow­er­ment ini­tia­tives they were free to give al­ter­na­tives. She said young peo­ple have also been em­ployed in the mas­sive in­fra­struc­ture devel­op­ment projects tak­ing place in var­i­ous parts of the coun­try. Youth un­em­ploy­ment is a phe­nom­e­non which has af­fected many other coun­tries and it was un­fair to cre­ate an im­pres­sion that Zam­bia was fail­ing on that score.

Ms Nachi­longo said peo­ple should only en­gage in con­struc­tive crit­i­cism which would help Govern­ment ad­just where there are gaps. Some sec­tions of so­ci­ety have em­barked on a sus­tained cam­paign to paint the Govern­ment in nega­tive light.

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