Youth Lists Demand for 2016 Polls

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In short
Youth leaders from across the country under the Inter-party Coalition have set demands that they want included in all manifestos for the upcoming general elections.

The Youth demand that all candidates from various political parties focuses on the areas of health, education, unemployment and sports.

The list of demands was drawn during the national validation conference of the national youth manifesto 2016-2021 taking place in the capital Kampala.

According to the chairperson of inter-party youth platform Blacks Siranda, a coalition that brings together youth from different political parties, all candidates must incorporate demands of the youths into their manifestos.

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The meeting which, was attended by district youth Councillors, representatives from civil society and people with disabilities aimed at validating youth proposals towards improving their livelihoods after consultations in the different regions.

According to youth leaders, all candidates who shall seek elective positions in the upcoming elections should focus on specific areas for the benefit of young people.

Young people also want leaders that would be elected in the 2016 polls to create an enabling legal and policy environment that can facilitate job creation, skills development and improve working conditions for young people.

They also demand the passing of the Health Insurance Bill which would provide universal and affordable health care for all.

Finance chairperson of the National Resistance Movement party youth league Agaba Edwin, said the manifesto if implemented by most politicians, will help the youth especially those in the rural areas, to engage in development.

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The Minister for Internal Affairs, General Aronda Nyakairima however cautioned the youth against participating in violence during the campaign period.

According to Aronda, the youth have been part of the people who lead activities that cause violence as a result of hate campaigns.

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Beatrice Nyangoma
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