President urges youth to be change agents of Economic Transformation

Friday, January 17, 2020

President Yoweri Museveni has called upon the youth – Bazzukulu – in the country to use the knowledge they have acquired from school and act as change agents so as to sensitize their communities on how to adopt to economic empowerment and transformation.

"With the education I had acquired from high school by the age of fifteen years, I became a change agent in my area Ankole and because I have been able to protect my life I have remained exemplary. Even after 60 years now, I am still able to add value to my society’s life style by teaching people to transform from keeping indigenous animals to exotic ones," the President said.

The President was addressing over 500 youth leaders yesterday (Thursday 16th January 2020) from Wakiso District at State House, Entebbe in order to help them forge a way forward towards starting strategic mobilization to help the population appreciate empowerment and economic transformational efforts that the Government has put in place for future societal advancement and development.

President Museveni reminded the Wakiso District youth delegation that they will not be able to register success in socio-economic and political fields in the country if they do not subject themselves to good conduct to to ensure that they are enabled to live longer in order to exhibit exemplary performance in leadership. 

"Good leadership is characterized by transparency, cleanliness and leading by example without stain," he added.

Mr. Museveni assured the Bazzukulu that the National Resistance Movement (NRM) has ensured the implementation of its commitments since its assumption of political power in 1986. 

"It is well documented that NRM hatched its idea of introducing free education for children from low family background and that policy was implemented after the national economic recovery programme that was possible through improved revenue collection,” he added.

He explained that the free education programme had to be addressed immediately because by 1987 poor education in the country was a terrible hindrance to people’s livelihood and development. He, therefore, urged the youth to use the formal school education that they have attained to oversee and monitor the implementation of government programmes in education, health and communication, among other sectors. 

"Like any level of leadership, you are obliged to report to the authorities any anomaly that is detected in the development and implementation of infrastructure. Always support leaders who are pro-national development," he added.

Mr. Museveni who lashed out at the opposition leaders, described them as a menace to the youth livelihood saying that instead of guiding them into income generating activities, the opposition leaders choose to mislead young people into opposing the visible successful accomplishments just for the sake of the selfish intentions of the opposition groups.

In their memorandum that was presented by Kajubi Henry of Kajjansi Township, the youth from Wakiso District assured the President that the youth leadership has created zones for focused leadership in the 31 Sub- Counties in the district.

"The purpose of zoning youth leadership was reached on account of the high population density of the district," he said. 

The youth leaders revealed that they are ready to change what is perceived as opposition centres in Central Region into ‘youth together’ areas using several youth groups including the Ghetto youth group. Mr. Kajubi commended the role played by Wakiso RDC, Ms. Ruth Kirabira and her team for mobilizing the youth.