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Legislator Felix Jumbe wants to mold young minds in Malawi through grassroots football

By: Lloyd M’bwana

 

The main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP)’s Member of Parliament (MP) for Salima Central Constituency, Felix Jumbe has emphasized the need for keeping young people busy with various sporting activities including soccer in a bid to reduce risking behaviors.

 

Jumbe made the call over the weekend when awarded the winning teams for the MK100, 000.00 football league launched in October, 2015 which ran for a month in the Traditional Authority (TA) Kalonga whereby ten teams participated.

 

 

At the end of the tournament, witnessed Mkhuthe Football Club (FC) crowned champion after beating Mwalala Young Stars two to one (2-1) carrying home with MK25,000 (Mkhuthe FC) while the runners up (Mwalala) taking MK18,000 as the third and fourth teams got MK12,000 and MK8,000 respectively.

 

Speaking in an exclusive interview with The Maravi Post after league’s prize presentation, Jumbe expressed gratitude over the tournament’s impact is striving to achieve saying youths were supposed to be kept busy in order to reduce risking behaviors while developing soccer at the grass root levels.

 

The legislator Jumbe pointed out that if young people are kept busy with various activities, cases of early marriages, unexpected pregnancies were unlikely to occur with emphasis on education.

 

“Salima is lakeshore district whose people’s main source of income is finishing and farming which most young people are caught off guard with risking behaviors with low turnout for school. So, introduction of various sporting activities including soccer and netball is likely to reduce risking behaviors amongst young people.

 

“With the emphasis also on education, definitely, will change our society whereby early marriages and unexpected pregnancies are the centre of people’s well-being which must be controlled. As a Member of Parliament of this area, will make sure that our young people are supported socially and economically for better participation on development projects for the area.

 

“After this tournament, women and men league are expected to be launched next week ahead of festival season (Christmas and New Year) where much of risking behaviors are committed. We want our youths kept busy with netball and football while I am searching for financial help elsewhere for women, young girls economic empowered for their independent”, assures Jumbe.

 

This is the first term for Felix Jumbe running Salima Central Constituency after many years in professional agriculture field which is still practicing currently owning Peacock Seed Company and big farms.

This article was last modified on August 20, 2017, 9:22 pm

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