By Alfred Mthandizi
The Programme for Young Politicians in Africa’s chairperson Charles Mkozomba and Malawi’s major political parties have signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at including young people in key decision making positions. Nkozomba said he was happy that political leaders have signed a pact to include young politicians in key decision making positions. ”As a governing body which looks into the affairs of the youth of the nation, we are happy that today our political leaders have promised to include our young people in their party. This is a very welcome development.” said Mkozomba.
Mkozomba said that despite the fact that young people are 70% of the entire population their representation in the Party and government, it is unfortunate that there are few positions filled with young people. “PYPA is geared to groom our young people so that they become the cadres of democratic leaders so that we are able to narrow the gap which exists between young people and those holding positions,” said Mkozomba. He also highlighted the actions of the political parties which use young people for their political gain.
Centre for Young Leaders, Public Relations Officer, Grades Chitera said it is unfortunate that young people are being sidelined. Chitera appealed to senior party leaders to avoid abusing the young people. “We are energetic but we are not coopted in the party positions,” said Chitera.
Some of the Secretary Generals who came to the meeting and committed to work with young people were from Peoples Party, Democratic Progressive Party, Malawi Congress Party, Alliance For Democracy, United Democratic Front , just to mention a few.