United Party for National Development (UPND) Spokesperson Charles Kakoma said his party gives opportunities to young people based on their capabilities and not their financial muscle.
Speaking on a discussion program featuring 2410 Executive Director Chama Kalaluka and FDD Spokesperson Antonio Mwanza, Mr Kakoma said that his party gives leadership opportunities to youths based on their ability to organise and mobilize and not based on their financial status.
Mr kakoma said that his party will continue to give opportunities to young people but was quick to mention that the party will scrutinize individuals to ensure that those chosen are loyal to the party so as to avoid cases of crossing the floor.
And 2410 Executive Director Chama Kalaluka says youths of political party wings are supposed to be the nursery of political parties who should be natured to take up the leadership in the various parties.
Mr Kalaluka said political parties in the country have continued to use youths as destructive tools instead of tools of development and that political parties have not been giving positions to youths who can easily be manipulated by their main bodies.
He said youth wings should ideally be nursery of political parties who should be built up and go on to become leaders in the main bodies of the various political parties.
He lamented the lack of strong autonomous youths wings in political parties who can represent the true interest of young people in the country.
He said due to the lack of independent youth wings and the continued suppression by the main bodies, youths are easily bought and that the trend will continue as long as youth wings remain stooges of leaders from the main body.
And FDD Spokesperson Antonio Mwanza has urged the learned youths to join politics saying if they are waiting for handouts no one will give them.
Mr Mwanza said that youths should realise that no one will hand them positions freely but that they should raise and fight for them.
He said unless youths fought for their positions old leaders will not hand them over adding that young educated people should leave their comfort zones as the country will only be liberated from the clutches of poverty if learned people participated in politics.
He called on the youths who are not getting opportunities to stand in various positions to go to FDD saying the doors are open to young people.
He defended the record of his party as regards the use of youths for destructive purposes saying his party is the only one which has been empowering women and youths with different economic programs across the country.
He also called for unity of purpose among youths regardless of their party inclination. He said youths should support each other provided the young people they choose to support are able to deliver because once elected they will not only represent those from their party.
The trio were speaking during a discussion program on Millennium radio on Wednesday.