Youth should draw lessons from Lesotho polls-UDC

Moeti Mohwasa
Moeti Mohwasa

The Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC), an opposition coalition, assumes in its favour that there are many lessons that the country’s youth can learn from the just ended Lesotho general election.

The newly formed Revolution for Prosperity, a party founded six months ago by a wealthy businessman Sam Matekane, won 56 out of 120 seats in Parliament. Although the party came short of securing a parliamentary majority, its performance was deemed inspiring because it is a new formation. Matekane’s movement mainly relied on the support of the youth, who it is believed are frustrated by the lack of job opportunities amongst others. “The recent dynamics in Lesotho highlight that this country needs a total change in terms of how we do things. It is the youth who can usher in a new dispensation and disrupt our conservative approach to development,” UDC spokesperson, Moeti Mohwasa said this week.

He pointed out that throughout the history of mankind, it is the youth who have often brought about radical changes. “The 2024 General Election presents an opportunity for the youth of this country to do what other youths in other parts of the world have done. They should be the drivers of change. The UDC remains available as the right vehicle. Those that say youth in this country can't bring about change are themselves fearful of change,” he said. According to him, the youth in Botswana just like in Lesotho are faced with many challenges such as very limited opportunities to better their lives. “One such avenue being employment opportunities post schooling. The government of the day has, notwithstanding the huge resources at our disposal, with such a small population, failed to create opportunities for our people.

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