A grouping of young people known as Karonga Youth for Development and Peace (KYDP) has risen up in the northern border district of Karonga to demand their rights to do small-scale businesses and be considered in various opportunities in the district instead of being used to incite violence.
Executive Director for KYDP, Aaron Mwenelupembe made a call on Monday during a press briefing in the district citing some challenges youths are facing when struggling for their rights for their involvement in various development projects.
Mwenelupembe said Karonga is one of the districts in the northern region that are rich in minerals but only few individuals benefit from the same.
He therefore called upon authorities to consider youths in decision-making positions in mining projects like oil exploration and extraction of coal and other mineral deposits so that they refrain from being perpetrators of violence.
“We want investors who may wish to come to invest in extractive industry in our district to prioritize the youth in different positions because there are several skilled youths in Karonga but they are just loitering in town and consequently indulging themselves into social maladjustments,” said Mwenelupembe.
Mwenelupembe further said the grouping has gathered support from different stakeholders including the UDK Consultancy, a private institution that specializes in Community Development, Extractive Industry, NGO Management, Harm Reduction and Events Management.
Speaking to the Managing Director for UDK Consultancy on the motive behind their support to the youth in Karonga on such issues considering that many people in the district are complaining that mining issues have not benefitted them, Undule Mwakasungula asked for more time to comment on the matter.