A VOTER sensitization programme to encourage more youths to participate in the governance system has been initiated by the Action Governance Forum.
Forum executive director Justin Mushoke has urged youths to be wary and not allow themselves to be used as political tools of violence.
Mr Mushoke said his organisation would not allow politicians who wanted to use violence to attain power.
He said youths should work for change and support what was right for a common goal.
Mr Mushoke said it was impossible to attain economic freedom without peace.
“We will engage youths on the importance of voting so that they fully understand their participation in the governance system, and not being used as tools of violence,” he said.
Mr Mushoke said it was regrettable that the level of violence experienced in elections was diverting politicians from real issues that were important to attacking one another.
He said youths should desist from such vices and focus on things that really matter to them and could bring development.
“We urge young people to take this electoral process very seriously and ensure that their vote counts by voting for peace, unity and decent jobs,” Mr Mushoke said.
He said the country should prepare now as it was headed for the tripartite elections next year. Mr Mushoke accused some politicians of destroying youths by engaging them in political fights at the expense of issues of national development. He feared that the behaviour being spearheaded by political youths was likely to spread and bring chaos in the country if at all serious measures were not taken, adding that the situation was critical and could adversely destroy the country’s peace and stability.
Mr Mushoke said his organization would not relent on sensitizing youths on the dangers of engaging in violence, saying taking part in the governance system should be the aim of every youth in Zambia.