Youths in Mangochi have been asked to take to task duty-bearers and service providers to bring development in their areas.
Mangochi district youth officer Kumbukani Manda made the appeal on Wednesday during the closing ceremony of a two-day youth congress which Centre for Youth Empowerment and Civic Education (Cyece) organised with youths from traditional authorities Nankumba and Namabvi in the district.
He was reacting to calls that many youths do not get support in accessing loans and taking leading roles in development programmes,
“You should team up and start demanding development from duty-bearers and service providers,” he told the youth.
Manda said government is providing funds to councils and appealed to them to demand what they want.
Cyecedistrict coordinator Isaac Salimu said many youths in the district are at risk of dropping-out of school because they don’t have access to sexual reproductive health rights services.
He said his organisation will empower the youth with various skills to keep them in school.
The event, themed Youth Voice, Heard and Acted on by Policy Makers-Power to Improve our District by 2017, was funded by Indviduell Manniskohjalp (IM) Swedish Development Partner. n