Activista Youth Network has advised youths in the country to desist from violence in this post-tripartite election period.
Speaking Wednesday in an interview, the network’s coordinator Stanley Mazani said the youths should instead focus on providing solutions to current problems facing the country.
“We noted that young people have reportedly been part of political violence and hooliganism happening in some areas across the country,” he said.
Mazani said youths need to demonstrate their development consciousness and responsibility by being part of the solution to the country’s problems.
He then asked the newly elected leadership to include youths when appointing people in leadership positions.
“Since this is a new government, it means that it will have new programmes on top of the existing ones; so we are urging government to consider young people in such programmes” Mazani said.
Busy Bee Transformation Movement Organisation coordinator Spencer Nundwe said the involvement of youth in government programmes will be a positive indicator that the government is geared towards youth empowerment.
He said involving youth as partners in making decisions that affect them increases the likelihood that the decisions will be accepted, adopted, and become part of their everyday lives.
“Programmes that are developed in partnership with youth are more likely to be effective at engaging the population and, therefore, to have a greater impact,” Nundwe said.
Activista Youth Network is ActionAid’s global youth network working in over 45 countries.
Malawians went to polls on May 21 and elected president, members of parliament and ward councillors.
Since the results were announced, some people including the youth have been demonstrating in the streets in some parts of the country claiming the elections, in which incumbent President Arthur Peter Mutharika was declared winner, were rigged.
Other demonstrators belonging to Malawi Congress Party (MCP) invaded Capitol Hill in Lilongwe and chased civil servants out of their offices saying they should resume work after their leader Lazarus Chakwera, who emerged second, is declared winner.