12 January 2013

Zambia: Defence Minister Attributes Killings to Unemployment

Minister of Defence Geoffrey Bwayla Mwamba says Zambian youths are being recruited to kill people because of their desire to alleviate their suffering in society.

Speaking when he officiated at the opening of the Zambia National Service (ZNS) youths skills training programme in Katete today, Mwamba said the PF government was worried with the increasing numbers of unemployed youths in the country.

He said there were so many vulnerable youths in the country whom, if not empowered with livelihood skills, were a danger to the society they lived in.

"Government is concerned that there are a lot of the youths in Zambia who lack financial support to help themselves pursue further education for the betterment of their lives. This has been further compounded by the limited formal employment opportunities that are available in the country," Mwamba said.

He said youths were being exploited by selfish people and certain organisationsin a number of ways just for them to sustain their existence.

"You may have noticed of late that the country has been experiencing increased theft and murder cases in which almost all the suspects have been youths and the reason for all this has been lack of a sustainable and decent way of earning money for their livelihood," Mwamba said.

He said the PF government wishes to increase the number of youths being recruited by ZNS in the skills training programmes across the country.

Zambia has in the recent past recorded an increased number of gruesome murder cases believed to be ritually connected and most of the suspects are juveniles and youths bellow 25 years.

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