President Micheal Sata’s full speech delivered at the commemoration of the national youth day

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President Michael Sata
President Michael Sata

President Michael Sata was among hundreds of people witnessing the commemoration of the Youth day at the Freedom statue. The President led the defence chiefs , members of the diplomatic corps in laying wreaths, as the Zambia Army brass band played solemn music. As part of the celebrations, Cadet’s fired a 12- gun salute at the freedom statue. President Sata also took time to greet Chief Justice Ernest Sakala, Diplomats accredited to Zambia, PF party officials and Youths.

Mr. Sata also watched a match past by youths from various schools and organisations. Also present at the Freedom statue was Vice President Guy Scott , Cabinet Ministers, Members of the diplomatic corps and several senior government officials.

Below is the full speech delivered by the president at the occasion:

Speech by his excellency, Mr. Michael Chilufya Sata, President of the Republic of Zambia, at the commemoration of the national youth day on 12th march, 2012 Freedom statute, lusaka

Theme: “accelerating youth empowerment for sustainable national development”

Salutation:

Director of Ceremonies;

Honourable Chishimba Kambwili MP, Minister of Youth and Sport;

My Lord, the Chief Justice of the Republic of Zambia, Mr. Ernest sakala,

The Honourable Dr. Patrick Matibini SC, Speaker of the National Assembly;

Honourable Cabinet and Deputy Ministers;

Your excellency, Dr. Kenneth Kaunda, First President of the Republic of Zambia;

Your excellency, Mr. Rupiah Banda, Fourth President of the Republic of Zambia;

Secretary to the Cabinet, Mr. Evans Chibiliti;

Senior Government Officials;

Your Excellencies Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Representatives of International Agencies accredited to Zambia;

Distinguished invited guests;

The Youths of Zambia;

Members of the press;

Ladies and gentlemen:

Address:

It gives me great pleasure this morning to address this gathering, and through you, the nation at large on this important occasion of the national youth day.

Zambia every year celebrates 12th of march as national youth day to remember the contributions of the gallant youth of this nation for their role in the political independence of the country.

Now, the celebrations provide us the opportunity to review our performance of what we have achieved for the youth and to reflect on what we need to do in order to improve their well being.

Today is also an opportunity to the Zambian youth to express their views on issues affecting their wellbeing.

It is a day for the youth of Zambia to enjoy their rights and freedom and also to reflect on their obligations, responsibility and contribution towards national development.

This is also a challenge to every Zambian youth to tell the nation of what has been their personal contribution to self and national development.

It is a challenge to every Zambian youth to critically look at oneself to find out whether you are part of society’s problems or you are part of solutions to society’s problems.

It is time for a paradigm shift and repositioning oneself in an effort to contribute positively to national development.

Distinguished guests, ladies & gentlemen, the youth:
No country can attain its social and economic development goals without the active participation of the youth.

However, the Zambian youth are yet to play their positive role in the quest to promote youth participation in national development.

On our party, our government will guarantee educational and employment opportunities for the youth.

Government is seeking to address some of the challenges by using locally driven socio- economic initiatives to empower citizens while recognizing the important role the donor community plays in complementing such initiatives.

We are seeking an inclusive government and open our doors to all stakeholders in running the affairs of the state.

The theme for this year’s national youth day: “Accelerating Youth Empowerment for Sustainable National Development,” is very appropriate at a time when the patriotic front government has committed itself to empowering the youth to catalyze them to take up their right place in society.

In the past two decades the youth were not at the centre regarding their participation in the national development.

This has been due to inadequate resources targeted at youth development and as such, the majority of the youth in Zambia has remained unemployed, ill-educated and without formal skills to enable them earn a living.

It is therefore time we invested optimally in the youth and ensure that they participate in the socio-economic development of the country.

Distinguished guests, the youth, ladies and gentlemen:
May I take this opportunity to salute the Zambian youth for peacefully participating in the september 2011 general elections.

The peaceful change of government that took place is a true reflection of the entrenchment of democracy in our country.

We should indeed be proud as a people for such a remarkable achievement.

Now that elections are behind us, it is time for us all to focus on forging ahead with the development of our country.

On my part, I wish to reiterate my pledge to make Zambia a better place for all youths in line with the patriotic front vision which is, and I quote:“the citizens of this great land not only deserve better lives but are entitled to better living.”

To all the Zambian youths, I say it is time to put Zambia first in the interest of achieving our social and economic development.

You are therefore urged to participate by utilizing the available developmental programmes that are aimed at both empowering you and empowering the country.

My dear youths, country men and women:
Zambia this year celebrates forty-eight (48) years of independence amidst high poverty levels in the country.

Despite being endowed with a lot of natural resources, the country has continued to face staggering poverty and low formal sector employment opportunities for our dear youths.

The recently pronounced economic growth characterized by the classification of Zambia as a middle income country is meaningless if it does not make noticeable impact on poverty reduction among our people especially the youth.

I would therefore like to see that the pronouncements in economic performance translate into substantial reduction in poverty indicators and creation of employment opportunities.

The challenge of our government is therefore to improve the quality of life of the Zambian youth especially those in rural areas.

Our goal is to achieve higher and sustainable economic growth that will uplift the well-being of our youth and the poor in our society.

To this end, the patriotic front government is introducing programmes to accelerate the socio-economic empowerment of citizens especially women and youths.

Offering employment opportunities for our people, especially many young men and women leaving educational institutions is critical to the fulfillment of the patriotic front manifesto which promises job creation and putting more money in our people’s pockets.

Distinguished guests, youths, ladies and gentlemen:
Our government shall concentrate its efforts on skills development and creating self-employment opportunities especially for the youths of our country.

The Patriotic Front electoral victory achieved in the 2011 tripartite elections is owed in large measure to our young generation.

It is them who were among the large numbers of our citizens that worked so hard to bring about the desired change last year.

We therefore owe them jobs by creating employment opportunities when they graduate from colleges, universities and skills training centres.

This shall be done through equipping the youth with skills and business enterprise know-how and the financing needed for self-employment and entry into the formal sector.

My government has in the last five months of our being in office made tremendous strides in trying to improve the wellbeing of our dear youth and these include:

i. Construction of district youth skills training centres—our government has provided for more than K10.3 billion in this year’s budget for the construction of district youth skills training centres and rehabilitation.

We are currently constructing twelve (12) centres in all the ten provinces.

Once complete, these centres will offer vocational and life skills to the youth for improved and sustainable livelihoods.

Our government has further provided K50 billion in this year’s budget for youth skills training development.

All these measures are meant to put more money in the pockets of our youths.

ii. Youth development fund: the pf government realizes that the youths face a number of challenges to access money from banks and other financial institutions.

This has hampered many young people from venturing in business for wealth and employment creation.
Therefore government has provided K11 billion this year for the promotion of youth enterprise development and provide less cumbersome and cheaper finance.

I am therefore challenging all the youths countrywide to come up with viable project/business proposals so that they can access the money to create their own businesses and be able to positively contribute to national development.

Your government is committed and determined to come up with initiatives that are meant to provide a framework for an informed and effective support in the design, monitoring and evaluation of policies and programmes that will promote productive and job-rich growth for our Zambian youth.

It is my desire that the patriotic front government shall achieve the following in the next five years:
i. Design and include youth employment strategies in national development frameworks;
ii. Improve the livelihoods and employability for the youth; and
iii. Establish sustainable political will, leadership and technical capacity for achieving results on youth employment creation.

I therefore call upon the Honourable Minister of Youth and Sport to initiate the process of coming up with a detailed programme and action plan on youth empowerment.

This should be reflective of national circumstances and should take into account consultations with stakeholders among them, the youth, the united nations agencies and the commonwealth youth programme through well organized and coordinated national youth consultative forum.

My office expects to receive the final draft of the action plan on youth empowerment in Zambia by the 30th september, 2012.

Distinguished guests, dear youths, ladies and gentlemen:
I am aware that the absence of the office of the district youth development officer is negatively affecting delivering services to our dear youths.

I therefore direct the permanent secretaries at the public service management division and ministry of youth and sport to expedite the process of establishing and filling the office of the district youth development officer.

This shall enhance service delivery and ensure accelerated empowerment for the youth.

Furthermore, you should ensure that all district youth vocational training centres are adequately and appropriately staffed including the newly constructed centres.

Distinguished guests, dear youths, ladies and gentlemen:
I now wish to thank organisations and cooperating partners who have jointly worked with my government in making this year’s youth week and day celebrations successful.

I further wish to thank the youths of Zambia through various youth organizations, government ministries, private sector and public institutions for their participation in the march past today and other activities during youth week.

I thank you and may God the Almighty richly bless the Republic of Zamba and its people!

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37 COMMENTS

  1. wat about jobs in govt kabili. bossman we are tired of alexander chikwandas, kenneth madumas, we want young guns. your cabinet does not even have any one around 40. boss le do something

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  2. So the President’s speech had a small “g” in “God”? It must be a typo.

    Hopefully, PF led government will use the opportunity it has to go down in history as a party that did really well to synchronise the development of Zambia in a tangible way.

    As Zambian’s we don’t want to wait, we can’t wait, we will not wait to see our nation develop and our youth securing a decent living experience, not just a dream shrouded in smoke, but a realised reality in this life.

    And please, don’t ask us to tighten our belts, because we will not, we can’t and we don’t want. 

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  3. People flagged me that the president said that his party will continue to give Jobs to only PF cadres in his speech.

    I have read this thing a couple of times and I can’t see that line. Was there another speech other than this? Can those who actually attended the event update us.

    I stand to be corrected based on this speech.

    Let me say that It is okay and a democratic right to hate the president, but to start using lies against him is unacceptable and unZambia. If your are hell bent on spreading lies and twisting what the president said to just get people to join you in the hate for the president , then you are not Zambian and have no love of Zambia at heart. Your motive is to just destroy what has has been built. Please stop it!!

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    • He constantly digressed from the written speech where he talked about police, soldiers, civil servants being cadres. He also referred to your party, MMD as full of thieves, and HH as a thief who is using stolen money from privatisation to fund youths so that they can demonstrate against the govt.

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  4. It is clear that this speech was non partisan especially when I quote this line.


    On my part, I wish to reiterate my pledge to make Zambia a better place for all youths in line with the patriotic front vision which is, and I quote:“the citizens of this great land not only deserve better lives but are entitled to better living.”

    Why would somebody want to thrive on lies. Lies just cloud clarity and makes it hard for us to find true solutions. If you are a destroyer , just know that the world does not remember destroyers but only its builders. It is evil and get off it and let’s debate with sanity. There are so many things to use to attack this presidency, but not lies please.

    I just thought I get that off my chest.

    Thank you

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  5. Mr president, how are you. Going to make Zambia a better place for every youth because you are full of fake promises. You lied to your civil servants, to make matters worse you are even threatening them. Katwishi

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  6. Youth in Zambia are wayward not of their own choice but because of the circumstances of their lives. Govt. needs to find trades to occupy those that dont make it into higher educations. Job Corps, national service, Apprenticeships, anything to keep them off the streets. The target age should be 16 to 24.

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  7. Ba chief Boot licker you seem not to know MCS very well. As usual the president diverted from the written speech and said a lot of things outside the written speech and one of the things he said is that it’s not wrong to give jobs to PF cadres. He also said that some parties were formed on stolen money maybe referring to … The list is endless. Saw it live on TV. I end here!

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  8. The President said “We are seeking an inclusive government and open our doors to all stakeholders in running the affairs of the state” but the VP on Copperbelt said PF will fire MMD cadres and replace them with PF cadres as civil servants. What the VP said is not being inclusive.

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  9. @ real youth are you a civil servant? leave that concern to us. Its youth day and lets dwell on the presidential speech which has blown your guts out if you realy followed it. Viva zambia and mr. President. God bless zambia.

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  10. While we all have big expectations from our president and PF to make Zambia a better place, we also need to ask ourselves what contribution are we making towards this. Fellow Zambian, let us work hard. Laziness and habit of making quick money dubiously should be gotten ride of. If you are given a contract by the gvt to build let say a school, do it better knowing that you are building for Zambians. employ youths and pay them reasonable salaries.It is these little things which add up to something.thank you. 

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  11. @Bootlicker,
    People flagged me that the president said that his party will continue to give Jobs to only PF cadres in his speech
    The President constantly digressed from the written speech where he referred to the police, soldiers, civil servants as cadres. He also referred to your party, MMD as full of thieves, and HH as a thief who is using stolen money from privatisation to fund youths so that they can demonstrate against the govt. He constantly mocked your party and UPND for shunning the youth celebrations. 

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  12. MMD chiefbootlicker, your comments can be classified as second to non in terms of objectivity and balance. Not because you have supported the president today but I have been following your postings. Being in opposition, you make a difference from the usual tribal comments we read here.

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  13. But the president and guy scot said they will fire all the mmd members in government and replace them with pf cadres..that is not being inclusive.people must be allowed to belong to any party of there choice.

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  14. compare the speech given by rb in 2011 0n youth and the one given by mcs and make your judgement. as for me i think rb’s speech was more focussed and not hollow like for mcs.the resource centres were actually started in mmd.refer to speech by rb.

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  15. MMD CHEIF BOOTLICKER. THIS SPEECH IS WHAT WAS WRITTEN FOR THE ***** BUT AS YOU PERFECTLY KNOW HIM HE SPOKE OUTSIDE THIS. EVEN HIS SALUTATION IS DIFFERENT FROM THE ABOVE. HE BEGAN BY INTRODUCING BABARA THE GRANDDAUGHTER OF KAPWEPWE AND OBSERVED A STRANGE PROTOCOL ACKNOLEDGING FIRST THE VEEP THEN SECONDLY THE PF SECRETARY GENERAL. UNFORTUNATELY HIS SPEECH WAS FULLOF SEVERAL OTHER INSULTS YOU WOULD VOMIT IF YOU HEARD THE VEBATIM.

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  16. i think the idea of apportioning moneys for skills development and to support SMEs is wise. this is the most productive ways to use money. 
     what i don’t understand is why the president thinks the solution to job problem should be answered by a bigger gov which employs more people with more useless offices. if anything with will just increase the red tape. the solution is 1 by providing the money he has mentioned 2. and a lean and flexible gov to administer it 

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  17. The youths shall wait patiently hopes something good is coming even though westerners hv departed we shall try to call them m

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  18. Let us not decieve ourselves,speeches can be written.during campigns good speeches were made but one wise can ask how many u turns?lets wait for implimentations not well cooked empty speeches which will always come at same commemorations.kusiyalela.

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  19. Let us not decieve ourselves,speeches can be written.during campigns good speeches were made but one wise can ask how many u turns?lets wait for implimentations not well cooked empty speeches which will always come at same commemorations.

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  20. Its the usual.Only that this time he is careful not to say in 90 days.I hear he talked some crap than what is on the official spech.

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  21. Its a well crafted speach representing views and opinions Zambians have been expecting from the head of state. It may have been embelished by enlightened speach writers but Mr Sata delivered it with a genuine conviction of its import. The contents in it represents promises and responsibility in delivering services to the nation. We hold the pronounced truths in the president’s speach as a pledge to change in his handling of national affairs for the benefits of all Zambians. This will be followed with keen interest to live to the shift of the paradigm in good governance, rule of law, accountability and transparency.

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  22. Chief Bootlicker, If all bloggers were as sobber minded as you, this furum, including ZWD would have a learning and reflective forum us. Thank you

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  23. If that is true, then that is very sad news. “More money in your pockets” is supposed to be universal. Ni donchi kubeba.

    Excellent observation MMD Chief boot licker. If seems you have a heart for Zambia ;)

    One Zambia, one Nation.

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  24. Theses speeches are written by technocrates to deceive pipo and they do not mean anything especially if the PF remains to be the U-turner they have shown to be so far. The PF are not accountable to anything let alone a mere speech. By the way ba Presido pls review the contract of ZNBC with Multichoice. we want the signal on free- to- air so we can watch our national TV just like we watch Btv,Sabc F24 we can’t wait for the digital migration in 2015 afterall we are paying our tv levy by one of the most crude methods on this golbe (eletricity bill oldfashiond method). we missed the celebrations as tv was off signal.

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  25. we need objective critics like BOOTLICKER … we need to develop our country through proper enlightenment and objective criticism meanwhile giving credit where its due … to the rest of haters_for_for nothing …. GROW UP!

    thank you

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  26. I do trust all the concepts you have introduced in your post. They are really convincing and will definitely work. Nonetheless, the posts are too brief for starters. Could you please prolong them a little from subsequent time? Thank you for the post.

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