Yesterday in Zambia we celebrated Youth day. As usual the Minister of Youth Sport and child development Honorable Vincent Mwale graced the annual occasion at freedom statue in Lusaka. We also had her Honor the Republican vice president Mrs Inonge Wina also graced the event where she gave a speech. As usual youth employment, youth empowerment initiatives where addressed in the speech.
Its quite sad that yesterday at youth day they where fights between youths from the United Party for National Development and from the Patriotic Front. It is reported that a female UPND youth was stripped naked. Is this what our youths have been reduced to.
Our actions shape our future. The Zambian youth is sowing seeds of violence, hatred, tribalism and intolerance. Its High time the Youth stood together to be vigilant. to be vigilant in the fight as one in the fight against corruption and eradicating poverty. We know times are hard and Jobs are scarce but its time to put our heads together not sell out for a case of Chibuku or a few Lagers.
Politicians will Give us the youth a few kwacha and some beers and and we go all out beating up and insulting our opponents just to appease the buyer of our loyalty. We have become loyal to the Belly rather than Loyal to our Country and bettering our Zambia.
The Say the Youth are tomorrow's Leaders but is the youth today ready to be tomorrow's leader?
World over youths have made a mark on the world for their amazing and extra ordinary work. A few weeks ago I finished a book bought for me by my wife on my birthday entitled "I Am Malala". Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani teen who is a girl child education activist who stood up against the Taliban. she was only 15 years old when she was shot and almost killed by the Taliban.
In neighboring Malawi we have the boy who harnessed the wind William Kamkwamba who with very little education and some old text books and determination constructed a windmill that would bring electricity and water to his village. Maybe Zesco can get hold of this Malawian and he can help ease the load shedding woes we are facing.
In South Africa we have Nkosi Johnson born Xolani Nkosi who was born with the HIV virus and was refused admition to a public school because of his HIV status. He became a powerful speaker for treating HIV victims with equality and respect.
In Zambia the youth have been instrumental in shaping the history of our country especially in reintroducing multiparty politics in 1991.
We also have the likes Mawano Kambeu aka ba Dot Com who I have met and interacted with who is a youth to look up to. He testimony that the Zambian dream is still there for the taking. He is the founder of Dot Com Zambia and Bus Tickets Zambia.
We also have the likes off Mohammed Essa who flew the Zambian flag high when he won the 2012 African rally championship with two races to spare.
Catherine Phiri the female boxer who is the WBC Bantam weight champion of the world. The Catherine Phiri story is a story of determination. A boxing sensation who despite her new found fame went back to school to continue her education.
To the Zambian youth Will you Look up to these model youths and make something out of your life or Sell out to the politician? Get Up and Stand Up. Say No to Political Violence.