Speaker Advises Youth to Vie for Elective Political Positions
The Speaker of Parliament Rt. Hon. Alitwala Kadaga has encouraged the youth to take part in the forthcoming national elections by participating in and vying for elective positions to have their voices heard on matters of national importance. This was during the third National Youth Parliament session held on 14 August 2020 at Royal Suites Hotel in Kampala.
The session was organised by Platform for Youth in Politics (PYIP), an umbrella organization with a membership of over 100 youth-focused organisations, as part of the events to mark the commemoration of the International Youth Day, under the theme: “Youth Engagement for Global Action.” The National Youth Parliament is a political and legislative space that brings together the youth from across the country to deliberate on various issues that affect them.
The event was also graced by the State Minister for Youth Hon. Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi, and the European Union Head of Delegation to Uganda, H.E Ambassador Attilio Pacifici.
In her speech read by the Chairperson of the National Youth Council, Dr Lillian Aber, the speaker appreciated that through such platforms, the youth have raised various issues that are later discussed and resolved on the floor of Parliament. “The past two National Youth Parliaments have informed decisions on the floor of parliament that concern issues raised by you. Our commitment to ensuring that issues discussed here are also discussed on the floor of parliament, followed up, and resolved, still stands,” she said
On her part, Dr Aber cautioned the youth to desist from getting used by opportunists to champion violence during the forthcoming elections and advised them to vote for leaders who will voice their concerns and have them addressed.
The session, which drew participants from the different regions of the country, deliberated on various issues concerning the youth. These included meaningful participation of the youth in the upcoming electoral process; the need for government to support youth enterprises that were affected by COVID-19; the need to address increased sexual abuse of young people especially during the COVID-19 lockdown, and the need to address the fate of learners and students amidst the COVID-19.
Before the national session, there were other regional sessions, conducted in Western, Northern, West Nile, Rwenzori and Eastern regions, to deliberate on youth needs and concerns in their respective regions.