Creative Centre for Community Mobilisation (Creccom) is engaging parliamentary and local government candidates in Thyolo and Balaka districts to include in their manifestos issues affecting the youth.
In an interview, Creccom programmes manager Linice Sanga said the non-governmental organisation (NGO) is implementing a project called ‘Chitukuko ndi Aphungu ndi Makhansala’ to effect improved agenda on development outcomes and public service delivery that include aspirations of rural youth.
“We want to enhance the youth participation in the development of the youth agenda as we are drawing towards the elections. We want the aspirants and the youth to come up with critical issues that the youth want to be tackled after elections,” she said.
Thyolo district youth officer Doreen Mbendera said there is need to engage the aspirants on what they will do for the youth after elections.
“We want the aspirants to address issues such as job creation, family planning and also to bring schools closer to communities to cut distances,” she said.
Inis Munde, a Malawi Congress Party aspiring councillor in Balaka said she will include early pregnancies, unemployment and education in her manifesto.
The project is in two constituencies each, in Thyolo and Balaka.
Creccom launched the
project on April 29 and 30 in Thyolo and Balaka respectively. n