FORUM for Democracy and Development leader Edith Nawakwi says Zambia is a rich country inhabited by the poor. Nawakwi says unemployment has now led to frustration and crime.
“Have you noticed that most of the jobs created in our country are informal, casual jobs rather than formal sector permanent jobs? Apparently, many youths live, work, or spend much of their time on the streets, and this should be a growing concern to the government. Unemployment has now led to frustration and crimes,” she said in a posting on her Facebook page.
“Unemployed persons to survive are ready to do anything. This has given a boost to anti-social activities and now these youth are linked in the public mind with gangs, organised crime, drug use, our young girls have adopted prostitution for survival. Creating jobs and incomes is crucial for development. Zambia is a rich country inhabited by the poor.”
Nawakwi said Zambia was rich in natural resources but they need exploitation.
“Let us build the youth to drive development today, and in the future. The youth of Zambia have great potential to contribute to and drive the country’s development,” said Nawakwi.