As days draw closer a head of 21 May tripartite elections,aspiring candites in balaka west constituency have expressed commitment to transform the lives of youth through irrigation agriculture,vocational skills,education,among others.
Aspiring candidates includes Shanil Zimbiri from United Transformation Movement(UTM),Blessings Khungwa and Lurcy Charle who are contesting in United Democratic Front(UDF) and independent tickets respectively, expressed sentiments on tuesday during an interface meeting with youth clubs.
Shanil zimbiri who seeks re-election in parliamentary seat said her party under UTM administration has lined up anumber of activities that target youth across the country.
“In our manifesto as a party we did not sidelined youth,we categorised youth into three namely unskilled youth,semi skilled youth and skilled youth.
“We will empower them with loans to all youth who are skilled and enroll semi skilled youth to vocation training to advance their knowledge as well as establishment of cooperatives that target all unskilled youth which among others they will focuses on environmental conservation,”she said
On his part Blessings Khungwa pleadges to enhance good relationship with councillors to mobilise resources on irrigation agriculture saying agriculture is economic drive to our nation.
He said:”Agriculture is our main source of income hence there is a need for youth to embrace smart agriculture in order to be self reliant,”.
Speaking Earlier Lurcy Charle emphasizes much on education and sports,saying empowering youth with education and sports is the key tools to desist from immoral behaviours and teenage pregnancies.
Chairman for balaka youth network,James Hamdan described the interface meeting as an eye opener to most youth in the district as they had given a chance to analyse their candidates manifestos.
“We are really greatful to Creative Centre for Community Mobilisation(CRECOM) for organising this wonderful meeting.Youth can now able to make informed decisions based on the issues articulated today,”.said Hamdan
Out of eight parliamentarians contestisting in balaka west constituency,only three candidates turned up for the meeting.
CRECOM is conducting an interface meeting in Thyolo and Balaka with an aim of engaging youths,councillors and parliamentarians to sell their manifestos as well as sharing them critical issues encountered by youths in the constituency in order to take it on board and Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) is being signed from both parties.