Newly elected Member of Parliament for Lilongwe Msinja South constituency Francis Belekanyama has challenged stakeholders championing youth participation in politics to rise above policy direction and start telling young people real issues entangled in the country’s politics.
Belekanyama defied the odds to win the March 30 by-election on a Malawi Congress Party ticket following the death of his father Lingson Belekanyama.
During Monday’s 98 Degrees Program aired on Timveni radio Belekanyama said as a young person he faced opposing forces aimed at backsliding his political ambitions over unfounded fears that he is too young for politics.
“Politics is a serious challenge which needs one to be prepared strategically, mentally and financially before setting out on such journey” Said Belekanyama.
In the one hour long program Belekanyama also shared a brief background of how he became a politician following footsteps of his father who before his death, served as a member of parliament for Nsinja South in Lilongwe for 16 years.
“Although I calculated my moves well which earned me a sit from party primaries to the parliamentary election, I owe this to my father. He taught us well and I know I am just leveraging on his legacy.” Said Belekanyama.