Luanshya Mayor Nathan Chanda has challenged the youth in the district to contest the forth coming mayoral elections.
Mr. Chanda says Mayoral elections were one of the avenues that youths in the district can advance to leadership positions.
He urged youths to direct their energies to participating in issues of national development as opposed to being used as tools of political violence.
The mayor who himself is a youth aged 28 years of age said this in an interview with ZANIS in Luanshya District, on MARCH 28TH.
He said President Michael Sata and the Patriotic Front government were promoting youth participation in national development through such undertakings.
Mr. Chanda was happy to note that he had positively contributed to the development of the district through various economic and social developmental achievements during his tenure of office.
He further thanked the people of Luanshya and government for the support rendered to him during his term of office.
Meanwhile, the mayoral election has been highly contested in Luanshya with over seven aspiring candidates racing for the seat.
Notably among the candidates is Mikomfwa ward 11 councilor Victor Bowa who expressed confidence that he would win saying he was fostering a unique and sustainable development agenda in his ward.
Mr. Bowa noted that once he was elected as mayor, he was going to embrace all stakeholders in his development agenda saying the council cannot go it alone.
He further called on women in the district to participate in elections at all levels, noting that it was sad that there was no woman councilor taking part in the mayoral election, and that the district only has two female councilors.
Luanshya will hold its mayoral elections between April 1st and 4th 2014. The sitting mayor Nathan Chanda has successfully completed his term of office which runs for a period of two years six months.