Malawi Police Service and National Youth Council of Malawi have launched a blueprint to involve youths in safety and security matters.
Speaking during the launch on Wednesday at Kauma in Lilongwe, Malawi Police Service director of community policing Obrey Nyirenda said youths are key in fostering peace and stability.
“The youth form a large part of the population. So, it is high time we engaged them in security matters,” he said.
Nyirenda said with the launch of the strategy, the youth will help in promoting safety and security in their areas.
On his part, National Youth Council of Malawi director of youth Dingiswayo Jere assured youths of the council’s support.
He said: “We will support young people in the country and link them up with government in issues to do with safety and security.
“We want to see the youth becoming agents of peace.”
In his remarks, group village head Kauma said the launch was the right step towards helping the youth to become ambassadors of peace.
“I will encourage the youth to take part in security issues in my area,” he said.
Under the programme, youths will be drilled in crime prevention strategies through clubs and will work with community policing structures.
During the launch, Senti Arts Theatre and Kauma Neighbourhood Watch Drama groups entertained the gathering.