A newly-unveiled youth organisation called Bwalo Likule Network (BLN) has stressed the need for young people to take up leadership positions, including being actively involved in politics.
Unveiling the network at a media briefing in Blantyre on Saturday, BLN national coordinator Andrew Kaponya said the organisation, which targets both current and former university students, seeks to empower youths to be meaningful leaders.
“We want to promote issue-based politics among Malawians and encourage young Malawians to participate in the country’s political development,” said Kaponya.
Director of programmes Chimwemwe Kaonga bemoaned continued use of young people by political parties as political thugs.
“We all know the youth are in majority in this country. It’s high time we woke up from this slumber and begin to mould the political direction of our country. Young people are being used in politics for wrong reasons but we are here to bring about mindset change,” said Kaonga.
The organisation, which first started as inter-university forum for development, a grouping of intellectuals discussing development issues affecting young people in the country, has membership from almost all public and private universities in the country. n