Lungu urges Mulenga to implement 2015 youth policy

By Staff Reporter

President Edgar Lungu has directed newly appointed Sports minister Emmanuel Mulenga to ensure successful implementation of the 2015 national youth policy.

President Lusaka was speaking this morning swore in Emmanuel Mulenga as Minister of Sports, Youth and Child development.

President Lungu urged Mulenga to effectively implement the 2015 National Youth Policy and National Action Plan, whose key objectives are to develop appropriate skills aimed at empowering the Zambian youth.

“To Hon. Mulenga, as you take up office, you will be required to ensure that our commitment to the youth is fully implemented to meet their aspirations irrespective of where they are. Zambia being a young population, you need to come up with innovation as to how the youth could be engaged in productive activities and to avoid vices like drug abuse and alcohol consumption. Sway them away from promiscuity to avoid affliction from diseases such as HIV/AIDS,” said Lungu

President Lungu said Zambia was a footballing nation.

“ Unfortunately, we are disappointed with the performance of our national team lately, especially their failure to reach the 2019 finals. The onus is now on you to ensure that you turn our fortunes around by tapping into the knowledge of sports legends and fans to help you perform this mammoth task. I propose you call for a sports or football indaba that will come up with a solution to Zambia’s declining sports reputation,” he advised.

“ Furthermore, we have not had much success in other sports. Do not forget about them, let us ensure success in swimming, athletics, chess, female football, netball, and so on. Let us revive sports as it were on the mines years ago,” said President Lungu

The President pledged his support Mulenga as he takes up his appointment.