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Youths to get 75 buses

MAWERE

DARLINGTON MWENDABAI, Chipata
OVER 75 buses under the Youth Empowerment Initiative will be distributed this year to youths country-wide, Minister of Youth, Sport and Child Development Moses Mawere has said.
And Eastern Province has not recorded any armyworm outbreak but only isolated cases of stalk-borers in Chipata.
Mr Mawere said the empowerment exercise will take effect when Government makes a 40 percent down payment for the buses.
He said this when he paid a courtesy call on Eastern Province Minister Makebi Zulu in Chipata yesterday.
“Over 75 buses are coming this year and we expect youths from all districts to benefit,” he said.
He said Government is interested in empowering youths because they are key to national development.
The minister is concerned about the challenges youths face as they feel “used by others when getting the bus loans”.
Mr Mawere, who is Chipata Central Member of Parliament, said an undisclosed number of tricycles have been bought and will soon be distributed to all districts once all logistics are in place.
He requested Mr Zulu to help secure land for youth resettlement programmes which can help youth access farming inputs such as tractors, seeds and fertiliser.
He, however, warned youths who obtained loans under the youth empowerment programme to repay the money in full so that others can access the same revolving funds.
And Mr Zulu welcomed plans for the youth resettlement describing it as timely.
He said the province will host a two-day development symposium next month to discuss land issues and other related matters.

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