AU must support Africa’s emerging leaders : Nyathi

Harare East legislator Nelson Chamisa in conversation with Rudo Nondo and Butholezwe Nyathi. Photo : Amagugu International Heritage Centre

Johannesbourg, South Africa (ADV) – The Youth Chapter Organisation (YCO) founding president Butholezwe Nyathi has urged African Union to support Africa’s emerging leaders.

Based in Johannesburg, the Youth Chapter is an organisation that lobbies for young peoples’ inclusion in governance and decision making processes across Africa.

His call comes ahead of the upcoming Africa Emerging Leaders Conference (ELC) which will take place at Strathmore University, Nairobi, Kenya from Wednesday, November 14 to Friday, November 16, 2018.

This annual program activity brings together young people from across Africa to interact with leaders and policy makers on current global issues.

“We need our continental body African Union to rally behind these young people at all cost,” Nyathi told African Daily Voice in an interview.

“These young people are the future, they represent Africa’s tomorrow. All efforts must be put on them for us as a continent to have a bright future. It high time AU put young people ahead of everything. If energy is invested on young people our continent will never go wrong. AU’s motto “One Africa, One Voice” must also reflect when it comes to young people. We desperately need to move ahead as a block with our fellow young people as torch bearers hence my call for AU to consider supporting these fellow young people.”

The 2018 Africa Emerging Leaders Conference (ELC) is the ninth (9) to be organised by World Youth Alliance Africa. The theme is Human Dignity and Bioethics: African Youth Perspective on Bioethics, Migration and Livelihood Solutions.

An affiliate of the World Youth Alliance (WYA), the body is composed of young men and women from every part of the world. In cooperation with other organs of the international community, primarily the United Nations and the European Union, the World Youth Alliance is committed to building free and just societies through a culture of life. That culture affirms the inalienable dignity of the person, defends the intrinsic right to life, nurtures the family, and fosters a social climate favorable to integral development, solidarity, and mutual respect.

It also subscribes to WYA Charter which states the beliefs, values, mission and vision of WYA. By signing the charter, youth between the ages of 10 and 30 become members of WYA.

Individuals above 30 years old become supporters of WYA.

© Bur-csa – A.H – N.A / From our regional correspondent Mkhululi Chimoio – African Daily Voice (ADV)