Young people in Malawi have been urged to take politics as a career for a better future of Malawi as statistics shows that youth are not active in the field.
Young Politicians Union (YPU) made the remarks and added that taking part in politics is the only means young people can influence decisions and policies.
In an interview with Malawi24, National Director for YPU Clement Makuwa said time has come for young people in the country to rise above their fears and proactively start taking politics as a career.
Makuwa explained that youth cannot be recognized if they still shun politics.
He further said Malawi’s youth rarely discuss politics and they fare poorly in that aspect when compared to their counterparts from Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia.
“Malawian youth who discuss politics are pegged at 63% while Zambian, Mozambican and Tanzanian counterparts are at 69%, 70% and 75% respectively according to Afro barometer survey.
“This is a worrisome situation as this predicts lack of leadership grooming and sustainability at both political party and individual levels,” explained Makuwa.
He emphasized that the situation is much worse among young women in Malawi and if not addressed the women empowerment campaign shall be a hopeless dream for Malawi, political parties, Southern African Development Community, African Union and at the global level.