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Atupele Muluzi pledges cellphones

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By Feston Malekezo:

KAJOLOWEKA

United Democratic Front (UDF) torchbearer, Atupele Muluzi, has pledged to provide telecommunications’ gadgets to five million households in the next five years.

“We have also started a process of ensuring that we provide five million digital mobile phones, including tablets, to five million households free of charge in the next five years.

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“We will also give out five million solar systems to five million households. This programme is being implemented in Uganda on a pilot phase,” he said in Mzuzu Thursday after endorsing a youth manifesto which is a document of aspirations of Malawian youths.

Muluzi said they have secured $225 million (K170 billion) from the African Union Jobs for Youth Programme to provide loans to the youth to initiate small businesses.

Among other issues, the youth manifesto tackles issues such as social, economic and political challenges facing young people in Malawi whose solutions include creation of 500,000 jobs for the youth per year, translating to 2,500,000 jobs by 2024.

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The manifesto also calls for review and redesign of the Youth Enterprise Development Fund and provision of K25 billion loan facility to support business start-ups by young people by the year 2021, among others.

Youth and Society Executive Director, Charles Kajoloweka, said UDF had showed commitment to fulfill aspirations of the youth.

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