Thursday, February 29, 2024

HH Signs a Youth Empowerment Social Contract to deal with Youth Unemployment

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UNITED PARTY FOR NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT President Hakainde Hichilema has said that the plight of youths in the country needs urgent redress or risk having a generation of delinquents without the potential to manage the country’s economic fortunes.

Mr Hichilema further said that the UPND government will strive to ensure that the cost of doing business in the country is lowered to allow more youths access to opportunities that will spur economic growth using local resources.

Speaking during the signing of a youth empowerment social contract with youths at the party secretariat this morning, the UPND leader assured the youths of a conducive business environment thay will be anchored on local investment unlike the current environment which is managed by foreign elements.

He told the cheering crowd that the UPND government will ensure that youths take an active role in economic sectors such as mining, tourism,agriculture and manufacturing through mining licences as well as rights,adding that no country has grown without the involvement of its youths in development.

The signed social contract outlines the youth’s demands for mining rights and licences as a way of empowerment in order for them to meet their survival prospects and contribute to national development.

The social contract which is the brain child of the UPND youths on the Copperbelt seeks to provide for the establishment of a professionally managed limited company with shareholders drawn from all the ten districts of the province with economic dividends expected to trickle down to constituencies for the benefit of citizens.

” I have asked the youths from the Copperbelt to not limit this document to mining rights alone. Include youths that are in different sectors such as agriculture, forestry, fish farming, timber trading,milling and other economic driving sectors.Our government will strive at ensuring that the cost of raw materials such as fertiliser is reduced from the current K 600 to K 250 to allow more youths participate in the agriculture sector and in the process reduce on the cost of living.Let me also assure Zambians through you that our government will ensure that all expatriates intend doing to invest in the country do so in partnership with locally based Zambians.This document should also include people living with disabilities as partners in national development through engagementand consensus”,he said.

And UPND Copperbelt Provincial youth Chairman Ronald Manenga said the social contract was born out of the realisation that the UPND manifesto provides for youth empowerment through mining rights and licences to the youths.

Mr Manenga outlined some of the anticipated empowerment programs under the social contract as the 80,000 poultry project in Chimwemwe Constituency as well as a highly mechanised farm in Lufwanyama district whose produce will target ready markets such as the DRC and Angola for export.

The signing ceremony was witnessed by Lusaka Provincial Chairman Obvious Mwaliteta and his Copperbelt Counterpart Elisha Matambo as well as several district youth chairpersons drawn from both provinces.

Others are deputy Secretary Generals Patrick Mucheleka and Gertrude Imenda.

67 COMMENTS

    • HH, the real savior for our country. Please come and change our economic fortunes. Everything has gone down ever since PF came into power. All economic indicators are down, inflation, exchange rate, GDP, Reserves, unemployment, unsustainable debt. The MMD government did comparatively well than our failures in power now.

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    • Emmanuel Mphatso Eneas You are quick to say, just like the rest of those who hate HH for his successes. Tell me, what have you done about the current govt. breaking the law to get their way as they plunder Zambias resources?

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    • Chishala Patrick Kunda why should someone hate him.even when he can’t even win elections?how many successful people in Zambia?have you ever heard anyone acuse Kavindele’s wealth of being ill obtained,go sleep.

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    • Ba Zulu Themba Isaac , exactly my question, why? It us not about winning elections, Donald Trump won elections in one of the biggest democracies in the world, even when people knew he was a racist and a narcist.
      My point is, there is much more to it, and Zambians need to wake up to that reality.
      I know a lot if rich people from back then, and most of them, I know their stories quite well, but let us let them continue doing their thing, without bringing them into this.

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  1. UPND you don’t even have a manifesto after 22 years of being in existence. Your manifesto is this dull slow Under 5 sata nist kaponya (HH)

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    • There is a dandala head here who thinks a manifesto is what does the job. With a big manifesto, the PF still remains a government that has outrightly failed to perform. Total failure, vivid failure every where even with a manifesto

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  2. HH is the only man who can come and save this country, call him under 2 or under 3 or under 5, his capacity, competency and intellect cannot be compared to your over 60 who has completely failed. Our currency is the second worst performing currency in the world depreciating by a record 52% in a single year. AND YOU WANT TO COME BACK AFTER BEING ELECTED TWICE, and failing twice

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  3. This Tonga grouping also, wake up. You lost the last elections by 200,000+ rigged votes, now pf will have unmonitored prisoners to add to that number & you think you will win? What are you doing to stop this rigging ba kachema imwe?

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  4. Wrong. No social contract is ever signed. It’s always an assumed contract. A contract that’s signed is no longer a sicial contract. A contract defines obligations of parties that hv signed it, defines remedies if the obligations aren’t fulfilled. It’s then dated , witnessed, signed and the place where it’s signed is disclosed. When these are in place, it becomes an enforceable document with real consequences.

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  5. The euphoria that was there when PF came into power, one cant imagine the flat battery PF that we are witnessing now. Relatively good economy left by MMD completely wiped out. Since the failure is evident, PF needs to exit and give chance to HH, this is not an exam whereby when you fail you repeat, when you fail you exit, period

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  6. “…Mr Hichilema further said that the UPND government will strive to ensure that the cost of doing business in the country is lowered…”
    Every politician says this line. Sata or Mazoka would have gone into detail to make people understand how this would become a reality but this ka conman thinks he can dupe bena kopala into voting for him using this ka stale line. When we say we have a leadership crisis in Zambia, it’s not just the ruling PF-this is the sad story of leadership as exhibited by hh, remember: opposition is GRZ in waiting…

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  7. Anyone can sign a silly contract. I have a contract with my garden boy. My garden boy also has a contract with the maid he employs in his own house. So what? Hh is old news.

    Upnd need to rebrand themselves. I don’t even know why I give these tribal stiff necked preeks advice. They never listen.

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  8. Just blowing hot air …I can’t stand Politicians,,blah blah blah just wasting time as if he is doing anything just fooling the youth

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  9. What are the legal parameters backing this social agreement?? Let’s be serious. We have already seen development in this country and it keeps getting better with ECL in charge.

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  10. Speaking during the signing of a youth empowerment social contract with youths at the party secretariat this morning, the UPND leader assured the youths of a conducive business environment thay will be anchored on local investment unlike the current environment which is managed by foreign elements.”
    HH are you telling me that there were no youths when you advised the MMD government to sale Intercontinental hotel to South Africans. At one of your rallies in Chingola you said that should you become president you would invite Anglo to come back. Is Anglo owned by the youths of Zambia?

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  11. Anyone can sign a social contract. I have a social contract with my toilet to take a dump in it as long as I flush

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  12. Why do people rush to issue comments when they have not seen or read the actual content of the Youth Empowerment Social Contract to deal with youth unemployment signed by HH on behalf of UPND? There is a tendency to react emotionally without facts and information by some people. How can one say the empowerment fund ECL is dishing out is the same as what the UPND’s youth empowerment social contract to deal with youth unemployment without having information to compare the two schemes? PF and ECL has not signed any social contract for empowering the youths and therefore there is no basis for holding PF and ECL to account for the empowerment funds they are dishing out. The contract HH and UPND has signed is what they expect to deliver if and when they are elected to govern the country in…

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  13. Sore loser hh. . .Who signed for the other partry…Contract signed by one party only.kikikiki .Wenyo si Zambia Ya Anyoko

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  14. Anybody can register a company in Zambia at any time.The laws are there already.WHAT LEGAL nonsense are you talking about? You should be talking of where capitalization will come f4rom. You know exactly where the money will come from.

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  15. Consultant to Kaizer Zulu, please learn to read and understand what is written in an article before you comment. The article states ” Speaking during the signing of a youth empowerment social contract with youths”. So the contract is signed between UPND and youths. The two parties are UPND and youth representatives. Why dont you ask to see the contract so signed before rushing with your biased views??

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  16. Iwe Stonewell Madalitso Mwanza, what proof of works did ECZ and PF show before promising money into people’s pockets and other offers in the PF manifesto? You want to demand HH and UPND to show proof of works from their private income before they have executive powers to manage public funds? Stop being naive and short-sighted !! The social contract so signed is a commitment for UPND and HH to deliver to the people of Zambia once UPND and HH are elected and hold executive authority to manage public funds on behalf of all Zambians.

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  17. Most decent people will vote for HH and UPND in 2021. The voters and UPND should just work on closing all loopholes for rigging the 2021 elections.

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  18. It could have made sense if it come from outside the upnd youths. This a mere upnd propaganda concert. Look at the people who drafted and presented it.. He should have at least hired or paraded Chipenzi ‘s GEARS to make him look like a president for all not only upnd youths because them alone can’t put him into statehouse. He must grow up fast before august 2020 otherwise Zambian as a whole are not ready to be lead by partisan minded president.

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