Youths in the Midlands area have demanded that their counterparts who received money under the US$40 million scheme should pay back what they owe.

The young people were giving contributions at a fact finding mission being conducted by the parliamentary portfolio committee on youth indigenisation and economic empowerment.

The issue of people who borrowed money from the US$40 million Youth Fund has raised emotions.

The young people who attended the public hearings in the Midlands demanded that their fellow counterparts who borrowed from the loan scheme should pay back the money.

The highly emotive meeting also saw some youths present at the hearing being fingered by their counterparts for having received and failed to pay back.

Committee chairperson Cde Justice Mayor Wadyajena demanded that the youths must be accountable or risk being prosecuted for abusing funds.

The US$40 million Youth Fund which was availed through four banks in the country has failed to provide the intended revolving initiative.

In its countrywide fact finding, the committee has also heard of favouritism in giving loans, beneficiaries supplying false details among other issues.