By Wesley Ngwenya
Today March 12, 2010 is youth day–A day we celebrate the youthfulness, share our inspirations and visions for our future. Every year, however, the meetings across the country are characterized with propaganda, useless political speeches and no inspirations whatsoever.
There is very little to celebrate for the many youths in this country. The youths in Zambia are unemployed and less empowered. Walk through the streets of Katondo in Lusaka and you will see how they are just hanging out and trying to sell something for a meal. There are those that are now selling on our main roads of Church Road, Independence Avenue and Great East Road. Unemployment is very evident for everyone living in this country and yet our leaders turn a deaf ear to it.
There will be many speeches all around the country. Most of them will be the same self glorified speeches on how the government is doing this and that, blah blah blah. Give me a break, the government in this country has little or no feasible programs for the youths. The youths in this country need employment, the youths in this country need access to healthcare, the youths in this country need access to empowerment funds. In simple terms the youths in Zambia simply want to live. Can the government provide those instruments to enable us live?
Sometimes the youths in this country are to blame for the perpetuated cruelty against us. We seem to be shortsighted and want instant gratification. We are taken advantage by politicians who use us so they can get what they want. We dance for them, we throw stones for them, we tell lies for them and do many other unthinkable things for them. We even reject our own fellow youths and instead decide to choose leaders who are three generations ahead of us. What is wrong with the Zambian youths?
If we are to become economically independent then we need to be free thinkers. We, as youths, need to start thinking about our future collectively. It does not make sense for us to be dealing with the same issues for more than four decades now. Let us start addressing the issues that affect us as youths today. When we do that then a lot of issues will start falling in place. We shall have the right leaders in place. We shall have the right policies formulated. We shall have the right laws passed. As we pass this March 12 celebration let us rethink our strategy in addressing the issues that concern us.
To all our leaders, we are sick and tired of the usual politicking at every event. Can we please make this year’s youth celebration a different one? We can make a difference by giving our youths the much needed hope. We need to restore hope and faith in the youths. We need to energize them so they can start thinking fresh things. To all my fellow youths I wish you all happy youth day. Stay strong and stay safe. Adios. [email protected]