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Youths contradict minister on Yedef equipment

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The Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Grace Chiumia, has expressed concern over lack of interest by youths in the country to apply for equipment that has been lying idle at the ministry for over five years.

Chiuma made the remarks when she was asked why government has not distributed the equipment to the youths in the country despite several assurances.

Speaking in an interview on Monday, Chiumia said she is worried that the youths do not want to be assisted.

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“Young people are not applying for the equipment because they are supposed to register with district officers in their communities where they will be given forms to complete,” said Chiumia.

She said after completing the application forms, officials from Youth Enterprise Development Fund (Yedef) are supposed go to the organisations that have applied to conduct its assessment before giving them the equipment.

The minister said she does not understand what the youths are looking for since she has always challenged them on the matter.

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“I am worried indeed but I cannot force a horse to drink water. Maybe they should tell us why they are failing to apply for the equipment. We want to assist young people and entrepreneurship is the best thing for them,” said Chiumia.

But Mzuzu Youth Association chairperson Gibson Chisale said some youths applied for the equipment but were sent back with their applications.

“The minister always makes empty promises because despite assuring us of many opportunities, we are not seeing much happening on the ground. The youths, who applied, are now frustrated and angry,” he said.

Chisale claimed that he even booked an appointment with the minister so that some young people should go to see the equipment to enable them make informed choices but he said the minister never responded.

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