A Youth governance activitist has said that with the formation of the Venyre for Young Leaders in Africa (CYLA) older generation politicians risk being ejected from the governance structures of the country if they do not include youths in the governance agenda of the country.
Speaking when he featured on Joy FM live interactive program, the Platform, Prince Ndoyi who featured together with fellow MMD youth Gerald Chiluba and Gilbert Liswaniso from the UPND said that there is a youth movement which is slowly forming to push for a youth inclusiveness in the running of the country.
He said youths are slowly realising that they are being used like tools box which is only remembered when there is a break down and put out of site once the tools have been used.
He said youths are the majority hence the coming together of youths from differentpolitical parties should be a wake up call to politicians that things are changing and that youths will no longer accept to be used during elections and excluded in governance.
He warned that the 2021 elections would be different from the past elections because it will not be about political parties but the marginalised who include youths and women.
And on the proposed increase in the years describing a child Mr Ndoyi said the move sounds like a ploy to run away from responsibilities.
He said if the years are increased then the number of youths will reduce there by the number that should be mandated for employment would have decreased.
Further Mr Ndoyi called on young to support each other and stop competing with muscles but instead compete with ideas which would uplift their lives and contribute to the country’s economy and development.
He urged youths to join hands and fight the high poverty levels among them and ensure that they push political leaders for their inclusion in running the affairs of the country.
And Gilbert Liswaniso who is the Youth Spokesperson for the UPND noted the need for more on consultation on the proposed increase in the age describing a child.
He said there are people who are less than 21 who are living by themselves due to circumstances beyond their control and should be given opportunities to have a better life by government by creating jobs and that if the age is increased then these people would not have equal opportunities getting employed as they would be considered as children.
Meanwhile Mr Liswaniso has described the educated citizenry in the country as a let down to the nation.
He said most people who have gone to school some even at the expense of the tax payer have excluded themselves from the governance of the country and that they fail to even speak for themselves because they think politics should be left to people they consider uneducated.
He said the running of the country should be a responsibility all regardless of how educated someone might be, because when things are bad in the country everyone is affected.
Meanwhile Gerald Chiluba who is MMD Die Hard Youths Coordinator said through CYLA youths will be brought together and fight for a common agenda.
He said youths can not continue to fight the battles of others when they have so much on their plates.
He said for a long time youths have been perceived to be irresponsible people who can only be used during elections but that will come to an end because by coming together young people will say no to number of vices.
He said young people are going to rebrand themselves and ensure that they earn the respect they deserve so that even when they demand for something they would be seen to be responsible people capable of being leaders.