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CDP is clarifying the saying "Youths are the Leaders of Tomorrow"
Recently,our Interim Party Chairman Mr. Robert Mwanza as well as our Interim Party Spokesman Mr Bobby S. Sampa
(or "SS" as we call him), made an appearance on the respected Radio Phoenix Program, "Let the People Talk",
hosted by veteran and distinguished journalist, Mr. Kenneth Maduma. Mr. Maduma was intrigued by our unusually
strong focus on the youth and asked Mr. Mwanza to elaborate on what his thoughts were specifically on the role of
youths in our country's direction.
Well, our Chairman did well to respond with our party's belief that this saying "the youth are the leaders of tomorrow",
has been misapplied and indeed misused as a basis to have our youth be used as mere tools to advance the selfish
goals of a few, rather than as agents for change. Imagine if our African greats such as Nelson Mandela, Kenneth
Kaunda, Samora Machel, Simon Kapwepwe, Kwame Nkrumah (to name a few) had listened to this oft misunderstood
quote that "youth are the leaders of tomorrow", Lest we forget, these were all young men at the time. Africa would
not have attained the freedom granted at that time. These greats captured the energy and radicalism only found in
youth, and converted it to make history- that of freedom.
For far too long, the Zambian Youth have been illicitly used by our current politicians to advance short term partisan
causes with absolutely no benefit to the youth themselves, let alone our nation’s plight. What we have seen occur in
the past years, not just from the MMD, but the PF and UPND is abuse of the youth’s zeal. The youth are constantly
and unashamedly used as militia at the personal disposal of selfish politicians. It is unfortunate that the political
organizations which are supposedly formed to safeguard our citizenry, pounce on the youths’ eagerness to make a
change in our country, and twist it to where we the youth begin to intimidate our citizenry as a means to advance
individualistic goals on behalf of our misguided politicians.
As youth we are going to need to take matters in our own hands and promote tolerance and understanding despite
our different backgrounds and party affiliation. Being a responsible citizen entails considering the consequences of
our politicking if we are to alter the course of our nation. We as youth have been misrepresented and abused for
much too long, not just in Zambia, but the entire Africa. Therefore, we are appealing to ALL youths, regardless of
party affiliation, that we act accordingly because the future belongs to us. We need to spread a different and mature
culture of politics if we are to be responsible future leaders.
As full, equal and recognized CDP Youth Members we are taking this "mis-opportunity" to plead to our fellow youth
that next time we will represent ourselves with dignity. We will take the path to be responsible citizens and leaders by
promoting tolerance, and having non-violent debates.
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