YOUTHS in Western Province have shown willingness to stand for various political positions ahead of the August 11 elections.
And the Patriotic Front in Mwandi district has commended the Government and the people of Zambia for the inclusion of the clause that disqualifies candidates without a Grade 12 certificate from contesting.
PF Mwandi district secretary Walubita Muyangwa said a number of youths had shown interest to participate in various political positions, adding that such developments had shown how the PF government was willing to engage young people in the decision-making process.
“We are in support of clauses in the newly amended Constitution because we have seen a lot of old people without the Grade 12 qualifications retiring and giving room to youths and this is what we as future leaders want. And our able Head of State Edgar Lungu has shown clearly that he wants to engage youths to address youth unemployment,” he said.
Mr Muyangwa said those were some of the measures the PF government had put in place to deter youths from engaging in illicit activities, saying youths would have no excuse because the opportunities were at their doorsteps.
“Here in Mwandi, we have a number of youths in all the wards who are willing to contest and have shown interest and these are the things we want to see as PF government,’’ he said.
Mr Muyangwa said President Lungu has walked the talk and that it was the duty of every well-meaning Zambian to give support to the Government.