Youths told to fight poverty and economic challenges

Government says youths can play a role in liberating Zambia from poverty and economic challenges.

Minister of Youth, Sport and Child Development Moses Mawere says this will also ensure that youths take up the center stage in the governance and growing of the country.

He was speaking shortly after the laying of wreaths at the Freedom Statue in Lusaka this morning.

Earlier, republican vice president, Inonge Wina, led hundreds of youths, dignitaries and defense chiefs in the ceremony of laying wreaths.

Mr. Mawere says youths in the country are demanding full participation and engagement in various programs.

He, however, says that youths have complained that there is a gap between government and the young, regarding the flow of information.

The Minister further says Zambian youths have demanded for more training in various skills.

He says this is because young people have realized that it’s only through training in skills such as entrepreneurship that they can fully contribute to the economic growth of the country and become employers.

Mr. Mawere also explained that government will ensure that challenges faced by youths in various parts of the country are addressed.

Meanwhile hundreds of young people have today gathered at David Kaunda stadium in Chipata to commemorate Youth Day.

 

Breeze FM Staffer, Naomi Mwimba reports that the event started with lying of wreaths at the Chipata cenotaph by the Guest of honor, Royd Tembo and other senior government officials.

They were paying tribute to Zambian youths who lost their lives during the struggle for independence.

At David Kaunda stadium youths are celebrating the day by showcasing their various talents such as traditional dances, acrobatics, drama and sporting activities.

Various schools, public institutions and organizations have exhibited what they do at their stands.

This year’s Youth Day is being celebrated under the theme, “unity and innovation for a smart Zambia”.

 

Delayed works angers traders at Kapata Market

Delays in rehabilitating and constructing new structures at Kapata market have worried traders.

Kapata Market Vice Chairperson, Vainesi Mvula, told Breeze News that the delay in rehabilitation of toilets, construction of the new market shelter and flooring of the market, has worried traders.

She says traders are trading in the mad especially when there is rain.

And an on the spot check by Breeze News at Kapata market found that traders were trading in muddy floor.

Ms. Mvula says traders are not sure when the flooring of Kapata market and construction of the new shelter will commence.

She says the marketeers are also not sure when the rehabilitation of toilets will start, although the borehole has been sunk in the market.

Ms. Mvula says the old market shelter has been electrified, but traders are concerned with the poor state of the market floor.

Youths advised to celebrate responsibily

Youths have been called upon to refrain from indulging themselves in illicit activities during Youth Day celebration.

Speaking during a radio programme on Breeze FM, Provincial Youth Officer Trywel Moonga and a Chipata youth Simon Nkhoma say youths should celebrate the day with exemplary behavior.

The duo says many youths celebrate the day differently by involving themselves in beer drinking, fights and illicit sex, which exposes them to contracting HIV.

They say the day is meant to showcase what a youth is able to do in order to develop the country and sustain their living.

The duo says that the day is also meant to remember the young people that fought to liberate this country from the bondage of colonialization.

And Mr. Moonga and Simon say this year’s theme ‘’Unity and Innovation for Smart Zambia’’ is a challenge to youths to work towards sustainable development and better living standards.

They say that this is a time to tell the government what youths are lacking and what young people are doing to earn a living.

Katopola school PTA gets tough on parents

The Katopola Secondary School Parents Teachers Association, PTA has resolved that pupils, whose parents are deliberately failing to pay user fees, must not be allowed to attend class.

During an extra ordinary PTA meeting yesterday, parents supported the resolution, stressing that failure to pay school user fees is affecting the smooth running of the school programmes.

At the last Annual General Meeting, parents, teachers and school administration, agreed that starting term One in 2017, each pupil in secondary classes will pay 800 Kwacha per year, payable in instalment of 300 Kwacha for first and second terms and 200 kwacha for the third term.

They also agreed that pupils from grade one to seven pay 250 Kwacha per year, 100 kwacha for term One and Two and 50 kwacha for third term.

It was observed that it has become a trend by some parents not to pay user fees for their children and yet they expect the school to run without their support.

The parents say buying of chalk, sending pupils to participate in various sporting activities, will not be possible if the administration has no money.

They said for projects to be developed at the school, parents need to contribute the agreed amounts of money to complete the projects.

Katopola Secondary School has two major projects, a 1 by 3 classroom block and a laboratory that need to be completed.