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Detachment of Youth Department from sports commended

Written by  Sam Phiri

Young people in the country have commended government for detaching the youth department from the traditional sports to labor ministry.

Happy Malawian Young people to benefit from the move. Happy Malawian Young people to benefit from the move.

For a long time there has been a growing concern that sports has been dominating youth issues a situation which has been affecting youth who make up 60 percent of the Malawi population.

“We have been advocating for this move for a long time now and this is like a realization of our aspirations.” said Keneth Ntago Director for Young Voices Organization.

Ntago said prior to 2014 elections, youths in Blantyre formed a consortium which had interface meeting with presidential candidates where among some of the issues the detachment of the sports department topped the list.

“We met almost all presidential candidates including the current vice president Dr Saulosi Chilima discussing the same before elections.” said Ntago.

“The detachment will see a satisfaction in terms of service delivery as it is going to be well assessed and again there will be limited attention towards examining the allocated funds and how they lead to equitable distribution of available resources within the two ministries.” said Gerald Liwindo a Blantyre based youth activist.


Director for Centre for Youth Empowerment and Civic Education, Lucky Mbewe said the detachment would work well with its new line ministry.




“The development is welcome; it promises to correspond well with the ministry as it looks to be talking the same language with labor issues which has been a major concern among young people in Malawi.



He however said there is a need to draw a road map on how the ministry will tackle most challenges faced by young people in the country.


“The minister responsible Henry Mussa has also proven to be a performer in most ministries that he has worked in so without being political we feel safe with him,” added Mbewe.


Government through the ministry of Labor, Youth and Manpower is currently implementing the project of community colleges which aims at addressing unemployment that is contributed by the absence of skills in young people.

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