Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

6 January 2013

Tanzania: Young MPs Urged to Assist Youth Tackle Joblessness

Mbeya — THE Deputy Minister for Education, Phillipo Mulugo urged young Members of Parliament from Mbeya Region to join hands and work out a strategy to help unemployed youth to become self employed regardless of their political affiliation.

Mulugo made the remarks at the launch of the Bajaji drivers association here in Mbeya City. He said the young members of parliament in Mbeya should help youth to form groups and register their groups so that they are recognised by government.

Mulugo introduced the young MPs as Joseph Mbilinyi 'Sugu' from Mbeya Urban constituency and David Silinde from Mbozi East Constituency.

He said youth are now used in trafficking drugs, robberies and demonstration activities that do not improve their standard of life instead they find themselves caught up with the long arm of the law.

"Mbeya is ours, it belongs to us, we young members of parliament should join hand to help the youth engage in economic activities through self employment," he said adding that the problem with Tanzanian youth is that they go to school expecting to be employed at the end of the day.

Earlier, briefing the Deputy Minister, The General Secretary of the association of Bajaji drivers, Ernest Mwaisango, said the association was formed in 2009 with 109 members and 62 bajajis. Currently the association has 612 members.

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