SECRETARY GENERALS SIGN A SOCIAL CONTRACT WITH YOUTH 4 PARLIAMENT.
On Friday, 31st August 2018, history was made in the politics of Zambia as Political Parties in Zambia signed a social contract to ensure the increased participation of young people in Politics especially on Parliamentary level was achieved. The political Parties that signed the social contract were the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) opposition Parties United Party National Development (UPND), Movement for Multi-Party Democracy (MMD), The Green Party, Alliance for Democratic Development (ADD)and the National Restoration Party (NAREP) .
The contract entails that each Political Party will ensure to give priority to young people to contest the parliamentary seats in 5 constituencies of each province in Zambia, the contract further states that not less than 50% of the awarded seats will be go to young women in politics. The contract was signed between Youth 4 Parliament and Secretary Generals of the political parties.
Speaking at the event, the head of the Youth 4 Parliament Movement, Mr. Nawa Villy Sitali affirmed the commitment of the movement in ensuring that these entry points created by political parties would be seen through and that the movement would ensure young people are placed on the ballot come 2021, he also mentioned that the movement was going to involve every young person in Zambia.
UPND Secretary General Stephen Katuka also spoke at the event, Mr. Katuka mentioned that it was high time young people became relevant in politics by practising ethical and responsible politics. The PF’s assistant Media Director Antonio Mwanza delivered a statement on behalf of the PF secretary general where highlighted the importance of young people supporting each other, he further added the need for the campaign to be extended to rural communities and other provinces in Zambia to ensure every young person benefited from the great initiative.
Other people that spoke at the event included the Executive Director of the Center for Young Leaders in Africa (CYLA) Mr. Jones Malunga, Program for Young Politicians in Africa (PYPA) representive Christabel Mwango and Youth 4 Parliament’s Maria Maliwe. Witnessing the signing ceremony wchich took place at Mulungushi International Conference were youth and elections chairpersons, Media, Youth led CSO, and young people.