Unlike leaders before him, President Dr. Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera has gone flat out developing Malawi at full throttle with no regard for regional or political lines.
At the current rate that Chakwera is going, Malawi will never be the same in the next five years.
While other leaders have used and abused youths just to fulfil their political ambitions, Chakwera has other ideas. He has decided to use the youth as pawns for development.
It is against this background that President Chakwera on Wednesday took a bold step to launch the National Youth Service in Neno District.
In his remarks, Chakwera said youths have the potential to change the economic status of the country.
He said if youth are given a chance to participate in the development of this country, Malawi can not remain the same.
“We have already secured funding to help 28,000 youths throughout the country and these youths will be helped till they even go to University till they find a new job,” he said.
Chakwera said government has already given K3 billion towards NYS so that youths are well mentored.
Chakwera has since warned lazy bones to stay away from the service.
Speaking earlier, Minister of Youth and Sports Richard Chimwendo Banda described President Chakwera as ‘Mkwanilitsi’ a local narrative meaning someone who fulfills what he promises.
Chimwendo Banda said National Youth Service which originates from MCP’s manifesto is a Youth Centered initiative that will go a long way in equipping Malawian youths with knowledge in various disciplines of animal and crop farming, ICT and other vocational skills which in the long run will help in boost the country’s economy and food security.
Commenting on the Tsangano – Neno road which the MCP administration is currently constructing, Banda said when completed, the road will facilitate trade and other development initiatives in the district.
President Chakwera is also rehabilitating the M1 road.
The MK140 billion project starts from Kamuzu International Airport turnoff in Lilongwe to Chiweta in Rumphi.
Chakwera has described M1 road as a back bone to the country’s economy.