As Uganda commemorates the international world youth day celebrated every 12th of August, the Buganda region youth leaders have asked the president to revisit their age limit from 30 to 45 with intentions to benefit from the wider scope of opportunities circled in the youth sector across the country .
Frank Sserubiri the central region youth coordinator say it has come to their attention that when electing youth leaders some of them cann’t serve beyond 35 yet this is the most productive time to serve ably and lead the other leaders.
Recalling from the 1995 Uganda constitution, a youth in Uganda is caped between age of 18 to 30 years which Sserubiri say its high time this is raised to 45, with reason that in Uganda, productivity rate for the medium youth is between 25-40, but self-development still remains the concept to groom most the youth leaders.
“We have got the challenge when choosing leaders whom we elect at the age of 30 and they serve only one term, many are on pressure to serve and change their both physical and financial status and be it the parliament scrapped the age cap of the MPs and the president then why the youths yet they are driving the economy of Uganda” Sserubiri Frank Said.
On the side of resource mobilization Sserubiri further asks the government to consider the youth leaders acquiring office space and transport as its with the other leaders and civil servants
What other people say
“Lifting should be on unique lifestyle in Uganda that finds youth studying till late and then spend 3-5years looking for a job and above all the government should invest in technology in equipping both the learners and teachers with basic knowledge in making research”- Owek. Evans Tabingwa ICT specialist Cavendish University
“The learning institutions have groomed the youths to get knowledge but not to start working in line with their profession meaning the parents should engage in equipping their learners with practical knowledge “-Dr. AORON KIMWIISE -Public relations & IT specialist Victoria university
Other major challenges
About 40,000 youths who graduate in Uganda every year but the sole problem of the youth still stand in unemployment caused by the advancing technology at the work place eliminating the physical human resource leaving a total 2.50% of Uganda’s population on street with no source of income. However in his address at Kololo independence grounds the president of Uganda H. E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni pledged support to this starving community.
“We know there are no enough jobs to employ all of all but we shall put a fund to facilitate production and economic development among youths”-Museveni said
Government of Uganda invests over 1.93 billion in livelihood, a program intended to change the financial status of the youths which at this time is still a hard nut to break.