President Edgar Lungu is concerned about the welfare of young people across the country and has since directed all Government ministries to work together and come up with workable
solutions to address their needs.
Chief Government Spokesperson Dora Siliya says President Lungu wants all Government
ministries to seriously engage young people and help find long lasting solutions to their challenges.
Ms. Siliya said it is the desire of President Lungu and Government that working with young people, everything possible must be done to meet their aspirations.
The Chief Government Spokesperson said Government is aware of the many economic
challenges young people are currently grappling with which have made it difficult for them to continue with their small businesses among other economic activities.
She said the situation has been worsened by the outbreak of the coronavirus which has restricted movement of people including young businessmen and women.
Speaking during a brainstorming meeting with four (4) other cabinet ministers in her office this
morning, Ms. Siliya said Government will ensure that it holds hands with young people so that they can go back to their normal businesses.
“Government has heard the concerns of our young people and is working hard to find solutions
to help them. The President has directed all Ministries not to work in silos but together to
address the challenges of our young people,” she said.
Ms. Siliya said Government is aware that young people need solutions and assistance now, to
help them sustain their livelihoods.
She said appropriate solutions to the challenges young people are complaining about will only come about if they work together with Government and its partners.
“We are aware that our youth want solutions today. Let me assure them that we are alive and sensitive to their needs and we are doing all we can to help them come out of their current
situation,” she said.
Among those who attended the meeting called to discuss possible solutions to some the challenges facing young people were, Fisheries and Livestock Minister, Professor Nkandu Luo, Gender Minister Elizabeth Phiri, Community Development and Social Services Minister
Kampamba Chewe and Youth, Sport and Child Development Minister Emmanuel Mulenga.
And Youth and Sports Minister Emmanuel Mulenga has said his Ministry is optimistic that with approach Government has taken to harness potential areas of positive impact on young people,
the future remains bright for them.
Mr. Mulenga said there is need for young people across the country to always choose dialogue as opposed to confrontation in airing their grievances because Government shares their concerns too.
He said he is happy that the Presidential directive has come after his ministry had met young
people who have submitted a number of proposals requiring the attention of Government.
Mr. Mulenga said ministry will continue engaging the youth and help to find solutions to their challenges.
He said President Lungu and his Government wants to promote the participation of young people at various levels of society including Governance.
Mr. Mulenga explained that this was why Government wants citizens especially young people
to seriously lobby their Members of Parliament to support Constitution Amendment Bill No. 10 when it is presented in parliament for second reading.
“Young people have made their submissions.”
“One of such submissions is the need for inclusion
in governance but we have people whose desire is to continue using them to throw stones a
thing they cannot allow their own children to do.”
“These people are the ones who are saying no to these progressive and serious ideas in Bill 10,” he lamented.
He challenged young people to see through the statements of those purporting to speak for
Mr. Mulenga said Zambian young people have in the past demonstrated that they are capable of speaking on their own without old people hiding behind their age bracket.