By Alfred Mthandizi
Centre for Young Leaders in Africa, an organization which advocates for youth inclusion in decision making positions, has appealed to young people to not become pawns for politicians where the upcoming by-elections are to take place. They are urging that they not to be used by selfish politicians in acts of political intimidation and violence ahead of the October 17th by-elections.
Chairperson of the organization Mr. Charles Nkozomba made the remarks in Lilongwe.
The October 17, by-elections will take place in Lilongwe Nsozi North, Lilongwe City South East, Mayani North ward in Dedza, Mtsiliza ward in Lilongwe, Makata ward in Ndirande Blantyre and Nsanje Lalanje.
Candidates running include Mr. Manna an independent, Ulemu Msungama of Malawi Congress Party and Reuben Ngwenya of the Democratic Progressive Party. In an exclusive interview with our reporter in the capital Lilongwe, Nkozomba urged the youth to actively participate in the electoral process as potential leaders of today. “We are asking our Malawian Youth to be focused and visionary; avoid being used by the politicians. We are aware that these are must win elections to political parties but it should not be an excuse for abusing our youths” said Nkozomba.
Nkozomba also asked the party leaders to protect the interest of the youth at any cost. Nkozomba said, “We are extending our appeal to our party leaders not to misuse our youths.
The Centre for Young Leaders in Africa CYLA is political youth organization which was formed by young men and women from different political parties which are represented in Parliament under the Program for Young Politicians in Africa PYPA.
Current statistics in Malawi indicate that 65% of its population is young people, but all key positions in decision making bodies be it parliament, cabinet, Councils or political parties are held with much older people.