Youths in Zambia have been challenged to work hard and be innovative as the country commemorates its 50th anniversary.
Youths African Leadership Initiative (YALI) President Andrew Ntewewe challenged youths to rise up and emulate the former freedom fighters that fought for Zambia’s liberation.
Mr Ntewewe observed that young people are good citizens and can contribute to the national development in different capacities.
Speaking in an interview with ZANIS in Lusaka today, Mr Ntewewe said Zambian youths should appreciate the role and sacrifices that freedom fighters made for the country to attain independence.
He urged youths to embrace the calibre of liberation leaders such as first republican president Dr Kenneth Kaunda, and veteran politicians Grey Zulu, Vernon Mwaanga, Sikota Wina, Mama Kankasa, and Dr Mutumba Bull among others.
Mr Ntewewe however observed that young people in the country are not being given chance to participate in politics and ascend to leadership but are being used as tools for political violence.
He advised youths to desist from being used to cause political mayhem in the country but instead unite and play a meaningful role in developing the country.
Mr Ntewewe said that his organisation will continue to work closely with government and other stakeholders to uplift the welfare of young people in the country.