Youth Converge In Fort Portal For National Elections

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Each of the 112 districts is represented by five delegates who include the district youth chairperson, secretary for finance, the secretary for female affairs, among others.

More than 500 youths from different parts of the country have converged in Fort Portal to take part in the national youth council elections. 

Each of the 112 districts is represented by five delegates who include the district youth chairperson, secretary finance, secretary female affairs, a member of the Uganda National Students Association and a representative of people with disabilities. 

Under the national youth council structure, each of the districts is entitled to one youth council chairperson. Their assembly constitutes an electoral college that votes the National Youth Council chairperson and a national committee of 10 members.

More than 20 youths are contesting for various posts which include national chairperson, vice chairperson, general secretary, publicity secretary and secretary finance.  Others include secretary for external relations, labour secretary and a representative of the Uganda national students association.  

Some of the aspirants could also be seen soliciting for votes from the delegates. 

Those who are contesting for National Youth council chairperson include Lillian Aber, George Abdul and David Kabanda. 

In an interview, Aber promised to change the face of the youths in the country. She explains that the past leadership has never consulted the youths on issues affecting them.

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Aber also promised that she will ensure that all youths benefit from government programs which include the students' loan scheme and the youth livelihood program.  

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George Abdul, another contestant promises to advocate for increased funding for the district youth councils. He explains that the councils are inadequately funded by the government, which affects their operations. 

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David Mugume, a delegate from Mbarara says that the youth want leaders to create an enabling environment that can facilitate job creation, skills development and improve working conditions for young people.

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Deo Natukunda, the Rwenzori region election officer says elections will be by secret ballot. He adds that the nominations, campaigns and polling will all be carried out Tuesday afternoon. Natukunda attributed the delay to hold elections to financial constraints.  

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There have been calls to the government to fast-track the election of new office bearers for the National Youth Council, following the expiry of the term of the previous team in April. 

In March, youth council leaders pushed for the amendment of the National Youth Council act to extend their term of office from three years to five years, just like other elective positions in the country. They argued that the constitution could not allow them sufficient time to finish their programs. 

According to the National Youth Act 1993, every youth council and youth committee member shall remain in office for a period of three years from the date of its inception, after which it shall automatically lapse and dissolve.

 

About the author

Emmanuel Kajubu
Emmanuel Kajubu is proud to have been the first Ugandan journalist to write in depth pieces about the Tooro Kingdom institution. His knowledge of the inner workings of the Tooro Kingdom is what made him privy to the splits in the royal family. These splits almost challenged Tooro Omukama Oyo Nyimba Iguru's reign.

Culture, agriculture and the environment are just two areas of many of interest to Kajubu. As long as he has held a pen, Kajubu has also written about public policy, health and crime.

Kajubu is keen on impacting his society not just as a writer but also a trainer and mentor. Bundibugyo and Ntoroko districts fall under his docket. Kajubu has been a URN staff member since 2008.