COPPERBELT University Students are not happy that the Patriotic Front (PF) government has sidelined the youths after playing a major role in ushering the PF into government.
Copperbelt University Students Union (COBUSU) General Secretary Levy Sakala said the majority of youths were not happy with the way the PF government had sidelined them after using them in the September 20, 2011 elections campaigns.
Mr Sakala said in a statement obtained by the Daily Nation in Kitwe yesterday that it was depressing that the PF government had sidelined the youths who played a major role in the campaigns and had, instead embraced a monopoly of old leaders in almost all the major governing positions.
“It is undeniable that the youths of this country played a major role in ushering the PF in power. The images of youths dancing and celebrating in the early hours of Friday September 23, 2011 are still fresh. From those celebrations, it was clear that this country desperately needed change.
“However, the majority youths are not so happy with the way the PF Government has sidelined them. The monopoly of old leaders in almost all the major governing positions is depressing to say the least,” Mr Sakala said.
Mr Sakala said old people should realize that proper development could only take place when they make way for younger people to take control of the activities.
He said youths should have been given a chance to take active part in the decision-making of the local, national and global levels by the government.
“Our country desperately needs some young leaders who personify energy, enthusiasm, morality and diligence. The youths today are interested in actively participating in the political field.
“We are tired as youths to see politicians recognizing us only when they need our votes. We are tired of being used as tools of violence by selfish leaders during elections.
“We are tired of claims that we are not equipped with experience to participate actively in the governance of the country because given chance, we would be ready to change the political condition of the country for better. All we need as young people is opportunity to prove ourselves,” He said.
He said, as the youths celebrate Youth Day which falls on March 12, they should look forward to celebrate their youthfulness, share the aspirations, embrace the challenges and visions for the future.
“However, year in and year out, the Youth Day Commemorations across the country are characterized with propaganda, political speeches and no inspiration whatsoever.
“Given the numerous challenges we are facing as youths, there has been little to celebrate about Youth Day today as we celebrate the second Youth Day under the PF,” He said.