Youths key to stability – Matibini

Zambian Parliament sees youths as an essential asset that plays a crucial role in addressing challenges on global and local instability, Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini has said.
Dr Matibini said that this can be seen from the role that youths played in the 2011 general elections through which President Sata was elected into office.
He was speaking in Lusaka yesterday when he officially opened the 3rd Youth Parliament Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA).
Dr Matibini said youths should be encouraged to participate in politics as it is their democratic right to do so.
“Participation is a fundamental democratic right. There is also need to remove the existing barriers in political participation,” he said.
Dr Matibini said that youths should be able to take part in regular political decision-making processes.
He said that the fact that youths constitute the largest segment of the population, their role in socio-economic development cannot be overemphasised.
Meanwhile, Youth and Sport Minister Chishimba Kambwili has urged young people to contribute positively to national development as Government has created an enabling environment for them to do so.
CPA Africa region chairperson Lindiwe Maseko said that youths should participate in Zambia’s democratic processes.
Ms Maseko urged youths to be proactive in their services to issues of national development and avoid vices that would end up destroying their future.

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