Two of Zambia’s biggest political parties have called for youth empowerment in the country’s political arena. The opposition united party for national development bemoaned that youths were only used as tools of violence by some politicians.
UPND deputy southern province spokesperson, Neto Halwabala observed that youths in Zambia have not been given the chance to prove their value, a move he says must change.
Mr. Halwabala advised that politicians should therefore desist from viewing youths as political objects during election campaigns.
Mr. Halwabala was speaking on Radio Musi O Tunya’s Good Governance platform supported by the media institute of southern Africa (MISA) Zambia, themed ‘the role of youths in politics’.
And speaking on the same program, Patriotic Front Livingstone district information and publicity secretary, Eddie Chomba says youths should be part of Zambia’s developmental agenda.
Mr. Chomba further alleged that most youths were losing interest in politics because most leadership positions were being given to old aged politicians.
Mr. Chomba has since challenged youths to join politics as a way of contributing towards national development than abusing drugs and alcohol as a way of venting out their anger.
The PF and UPND have further vowed to end political violence in the country by way of holding activities that will bring them together for national unity.