NAREP YOUTH LEAGUE AND LUSAKA DISTRICT EXECUTIVE ON PRESIDENT SATA’S APPOINTMENTS, KITWE’S MINDOLO HOUSES DEMOLITION EXERCISE AND THE DEREGISTRATION OF NGOS BY THE GOVERNMENT.
The NAREP youths are very concerned on the continued disregard by the President to appoint youths in decision making positions as this can be seen in most appointments of Ambassadors and High Commissioners who are too old for this task and should be enjoying their retirement.
This is in reference to the recent appointments of Mr Mumba Kapumpa, Mrs Salome Mwananshiku, and Mr Solomon Mbuzi who have been appointed to serve Zambia in missions abroad and yet no youths are being appointed to go and serve Zambia abroad and indeed within.
This is the reason why all well-meaning Zambians will not vote for the same politicians who appoint their fellow friends and expect different results. NAREP with a new President, a new team and new ideas will foster to encourage more youth and women participation in decision making. It is very unfortunate that after 50 years of independence, politicians still disregard the youths who are the majority voters.
It is also inhuman that this government which tells people that it’s pro-poor would appear in the early hours and demolish houses in Mindolo Kitwe. Families have been inconvenienced and left in the cold with their children and as NAREP, we always offer solutions and government should start consulting us on how to address issues of national interest. We are not supporting illegality and we condemn the fact that these illegalities go unchecked for a long time. It is sad to note that the residents of Mindolo township have worked so hard to invest by building houses, yet their efforts were not considered by the Kitwe City Council who demolished their houses without regard to where they will be spending their nights when in fact land is given by government agencies through the Councils and Ministry of Lands who in the first place should know about any illegal land allocations. The government should have bought this land on behalf of the people from the ones they claim to be the owners or find alternative land for them and not destroy the investment people have put in.
In conclusion we would like to warn government not to go ahead with deregistration of NGOs as they will be punishing innocent citizens and not the NGOs. Government should be careful in the way they handle national issues. The minister should withdraw all deregistration letters sent to NGOs and engage them in dialogue. NGOs play a big role in this country and politicians should learn to appreciate the good work the NGOs are doing in our communities. Threatening NGOs with de-registrations is not the priority the PF should focus on but to create jobs for the youths and reduce the cost of living for its citizens. We urge government to concentrate on issues that will put food on people’s tables because running away from critical issues the country is facing will not better the lives of the people.
Joint statement issued by:
NAREP Youth League Chairman- Wilson Chisoni Banda
NAREP Lusaka District vice Chairman- Frank Sichone
12th June 2014