Govt warned on K500m youth centre allocation

Youth organisations have cautioned government on the continued allocation of funds to the construction of Mzuzu Youth Centre (MYC) while the project is not taking shape.

This follows a K500 million allocation to the youth centre project in the 2019/20 National Budget. Government has been allocating money to the project since 2010.

Mzuzu Youth Centre construction site

In an interview on Tuesday, Mzuzu Youth Association chairperson Mervin Nxumayo said government should stop using the project as a means of abusing public resources.

He said the association plans to meet President Peter Mutharika to express its concerns.

On his part, Youth and Society (YAS) executive director Charles Kajoloweka called on government to account for funds that were allocated in the past and that those behind the abuse be taken to task.

“If the K500 million will not go towards the youth centre project as has been the case, then it is useless to include it in the budget,” he said.

MYC construction youth committee chairperson Gibson Chisale said the youth will ensure the K500 million goes into the project.

 Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture Principal Secretary Chauncy Simwaka said the budget has just been tabled in Parliament and it would be too early to comment on it.

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