The State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hon. Okello Oryem has said that in search for quick benefits, the youth, who neglect their responsibilities, have become susceptible to being used by ill-intentioned people to destabilize the country.
Oryem was over the weekend, during the commemoration of the United Nations’ (UN) 76th year in Uganda, engaging the youth and other stakeholders on civil and appropriate ways to channel grievances to the responsible parties.
“I was once a youth and I know what it takes, Government has a responsibility to the youth and there is no doubt on that. But the youth should stop lamenting all the time and do their part,” he said.
He also cautioned the youth against “being used by self seekers intending to destabilize the government” noting that the NRM is ready to engage and deal with anyone who attempts so.
“This country has suffered a lot from the past, so before coming up with a decision of a coup, engage the Government because even if you don’t engage us, we shall crush you,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Minister for General duties at the Office of the Prime Minister, Hon Kasule Lumumba, revealed that the government plans to partner with private companies which have been successful in skilling the youth to train more young people.
“Our fathers and mothers who didn’t have much education played their part by raising us properly but now we, the educated, have failed to spare time for our children and shifted the blame to the Government. This Covid-19 pandemic has exposed us,” Lumumba said.
Edwin Muhumuza, the President Youth Coalitions on SDGs, noted that the people in various positions of power have failed to mentor the youth and sidelined them from most government projects, increasing the rate of unemployment.
“You should not take young people as chaotic crowds who prefer riots and demonstrations but you should look at them as groups of educated people with ideas which can develop the country through creation of employment,” Muhumuza noted.
The youth who participated asked government to reduce on the tax levied on data noting that the expenses have affected their right to internet as a mode of communication.
They also pushed for the lifting of the ban on FaceBook “because it’s one of the tools we use to market our merchandise and other services.”