Choma, March 12, 2015, ZANIS…Government has called on youths to desist from divisive tendencies that have the potential of disrupting the unity of the country.
The youths have instead been urged to remain focussed on sustaining a stable social and economic development process.
Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services Chishimba Kambwili says Government recognizes youths as valuable assets in national development.
Mr Kambwili who is also Chief Government spokesperson says there is need for youths to realize their role in national development and positively reflect on how they could contribute to wealth creation in the country’s economy.
Speaking when he addressed scores of youths in Choma today, Mr Kabwili said youths should not accept to be used as agents of political violence.
He said Government is through the youth Development Fund seeking to empower and improve the lives of young people across the country.
“I am sure you will agree with me that the youth development Fund continues to provide an important window to the young people to access finances for investment on terms and conditions that are friendly,” he said
Mr Kambwili emphasized the need for youths to promote peace and unity in society in order to build a future that is stable and sustainable for national development.
He said youths should desist from being agents of political violence and embrace the spirit of peace and unity under the One Zambia, One Nation slogan.
And speaking earlier, Choma Central Member of Parliament Connelius Mweetwa said youths in the country should emulate the peace and unity that exists among members of parliament from different political parties.
Mr Mweetwa said his presence at the national event where the chief Government Spokesperson was officiating is a clear demonstration of the peace that should exist among political leaders.
“As parliamentarians we work and eat together, even outside parliament there is need for us to continue working together in unity, a model youths must follow as they avoid being agents of political violence,” he said
Mr Mweetwa however called on the Government to create job opportunities for the youths who make up the country’s largest population.
He said most youths resort to engaging themselves in bad vices that affect their contribution to national development due to lack of employment.
And speaking in a speech read for him, Southern Province Minister Nathaniel Mubukwanu said Government has supported over 150 youths to become entrepreneurs in the area.
Mr Mubukwanu said youths in the province have not been left out of benefitting from the Youth Empowerment Fund with about 92 being considered for financial support in 2014.