Unemployment has increased criminality – Nawakwi

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Opposition Forum for Democracy and Development leader Edith Nawakwi has bemoaned the high levels of unemployment, connecting it to organised crime, prostitution and high cases of drug abuse.

She says the high levels of unemployment has catapulted criminality among youths and those in their prime age.

Nawakwi, who has lately been seen to be an ally of the ruling party and its programs, says most jobs created by government in the recent time are not sustainable but mostly in the informal sector on casual basis.

In a statement released to the media today, Nawakwi said 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. 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, organized crime, drug use, our young girls have adopted prostitution for survival,” she said.

“Creating jobs and incomes is crucial for development. Zambia is a rich country inhabited by the poor. Zambia is 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.”


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