Malawian Youths operating under Timvereni Campaign have asked government to include them in key decision making positions.
Timvereni Campaign Chairperson, Edward Chileka Banda, who is also executive director of Eye for Development was speaking in Lilongwe when the youth consortium paid a courtesy call to the Minister of Labour, Youths, Sports and Manpower Development, Henry Mussa.
Banda who was accompanied by over 30 young people from different organisations said they are surprised that young people are being sidelined in all key governance positions.
“We are sidelined in almost each and every governance positions such as in parastatals, boards, and even in Parliament we don’t have youths,” said Banda.
He added that Malawi as a country cannot develop if the youth who form the majority of the population continue to be sidelined.
“Unless this improves, but as a country we cannot develop if youths are not being included in the development agenda,” he said.
Responding to the organisation’s call, Mussa said his ministry is committed to uplift welfare of young people in the country.
According to Mussa, his ministry is already running various programmes aimed at empowering the youths. He gave the example of community colleges which he said are absorbing a lot of youths who would have otherwise been idle.
“We are also discussing of youths national services which will again consume a lot of youths into the programme,” said Mussa.
During the interface Mussa popularly known as Mtengowaminga assured the youths that his door is open any time the youths have any burning issues.