Times of Swaziland
30 July 2008
Youth hold elections awareness campaign
By Wandile Dlamini
MBABANE – While a number of efforts are being concentrated on promoting the ‘Vote for a Woman’ Campaign in the upcoming general elections, the Siphofaneni youth believe they can be equal to the task given the opportunity.
What they clearly understand is that such will not come on a golden platter thus they held an elections awareness campaign at the constituency at the weekend.
The aim of the campaign was to encourage the youth to fully participate in the elections and vote for deserving people.
They believe such people would come from the youth themselves.
This notion was derived from that the youth is full of energetic, brilliant people who could make great leaders.
The campaign also focused on educating the youth on taking care of themselves in light of HIV and Aids and other challenges faced in the country.
"The youth should know that it is their right to form a government. The aim is to have the youth come together and work as a unit in order to achieve this goal," said Youth Centre Chairperson Mphiwa Gamedze.
With the youth in mind and the impact of HIV/AIDS, testing was encouraged and it was stressed that knowing one’s status was important as it would help the youth set their goals.
"This will help to stop the spread of HIV and if found positive you will be able to take care of your health at an early stage and get the appropriate treatment and live longer.
Being positive is not the end," said Gamedze.
Adding, Gamedze encouraged the youth to abstain from sex as this was the best way to live a long and healthy life.
The youth promised to continue encouraging participation in the elections among themselves and firmly stated that they believed the future for this country lies in them.