Youths of sub-traditionl authority Matola in balaka district have expressed concern over the reluctance by some aspiring member of parliament and ward councillors to sign Memorandum of Understanding(MoU).
The concern comes barely a week after youth held interface meeting with aspiring candidates in order to appreciate their manifestos as well as share them some critical issues that youth have been endured.
Speaking on Monday in an interview with Malawi News Agency(Mana),Chair person of the youths in the area,James Kaliza said he was not impressive with the turn up of the aspiring candidates who came to sign MoU.
“After articulating their issues,we were agreed to sign MoU with our aspiring candidates in order to hold them accountable after winning elections in May 21,hence their absence is giving us a true reflection on what they will happen after taking up an office.
“How can we trust them that they will honour their promises if they are unwilling to sign MoU,we are tired of being regarded as puppet.We want people who can bring development in our community,”he said
Group Village headman Matola also enchoed with the Kaliza saying some candidates are just seeking votes in order to achieve their personal goals rather than bring change in his area.
“Youths are the ones who brought alot of challenges in the society.So if the youths have mobilised themselves in order to court candidates what they have planned for them it just shows that they know their roles they have to play as responsible citizens,”he said.
Senior Project Officer for Creative Centre for Community Mobilisation(CRECOM),Zione Mussa,who facilitated the initiatives pleadges to track the candidates in order to meet the demands of the youth.
She said some aspiring candidates have given valid reasons for their absence as they are holding a district prayer which among others seeking God intervation to have peaceful elections.
CRECOM rolled out a project called Chitukuko ndi Phungu ndi Khasala with funding from Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa(OSISA) with an aim of youth engaging parliamental aspirants and ward councillors to come up with youth development agenda.