Power and Politics

UPND Youth Chairperson, Liswaniso, accuses Socialist Party of exploiting youths for political gains


The ruling UPND National Youth Chairperson, Gilbert Liswaniso, has accused the Socialist Party of using youths to further their agenda for State House.

Liswaniso condemned the organized protest by the Socialist Party, which was thwarted by police, labeling it as a criminal activity that should not be tolerated in a democratic nation.

In a statement issued in Lusaka on Monday, Liswaniso emphasized that Zambia had moved beyond such political immaturity and was now focused on harnessing youth talent for a brighter future.

He urged youths to reject involvement in criminal activities and called on politicians to consider the impact on future leaders.

“We know that the Constitution guarantees everyone the right to assemble, but this must be done within the confines of the law,” Liswaniso stated.

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He highlighted that the UPND encouraged a battle of ideas among young people without compromising state security.

Liswaniso noted that the ruling party highly valued youth development programs as outlined in its manifesto and other national policies.

Since taking office in 2021, the UPND government has implemented numerous youth-centered empowerment programs across the country, including skills development, increased bursary recipients, meal allowances, economic empowerment and Constituency Development Fund initiatives.

“These programs and many others are designed to uplift the youth because the UPND recognizes that the future belongs to the young,” Liswaniso said.

He concluded by stating that the party did not believe in using youths as tools of violence, as witnessed in the past, because they were too valuable a group of citizens to be wasted in such activities.

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