Hon Jack Mwiimbu Officiate Youth Day Celebrations In Monze
By Prudence Siabana/Mastone Monze
Government has cancelled all activities to mark Youth day commemorations countrywide in honour of the late Fourth Republican President Rupiah Banda.
Former President Rupiah Banda died in Lusaka last night at the age of 85 years after succumbing to cancer of the colon.
Addressing the media this morning Chief Government Spokesperson Chusi Kasanda says during the mourning period there will be no social gatherings that were earmarked as part of commemoration of youth day and all sports tournaments including the laying of wreaths have been cancelled.
Ms Kasanda says during this period the flag will be at half-mast to mourn the gallant soldier.
Meanwhile in Monze, Youth Day celebrations went on as scheduled and Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security Jack Mwiimbu officiated at the event despite Chief Government Spokesperson Chushi Kasanda announcing they had been cancelled.
And addressing youths gathered to observe their day, Mr. Mwiimbu challenged youths in Monze to take advantage of Constituency Development Funded projects and find jobs.
Mr Mwiimbu said it is up to the youths to make themselves available for various jobs that will be created as a result of CDF projects in the district.
The Monze Central Member of Parliament also said government is not bothered with the overcrowding of pupils due to the coming of free education because it has plans to expand spaces for the pupils.
Meanwhile Disabilities Rights and Development Activist Jona Sialumano says the decision by the Monze district administration to go ahead with the youth day celebrations despite government cancellation is a sign of new dawn government minister not working in one accord.