Sunday June 8 2014

NRM youth ask govt to fund their projects

By Issa Aliga

A group of youth in Sembabule District, claiming to be supporters of Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi under the NRM Youth Think Tank, have asked the government to fund their income generating projects.

They also called on security agencies to stop harassing those who criticise government for failed projects.

The youth said this during a joint meeting with the district security committee and NRM district leaders at the district headquarters last Tuesday. “If government fails to fund our income generating projects as a way of controlling unemployment, we will find other avenues of getting the financial support we need and continue to pay allegiance to those good-hearted people who are ready to look into our problems,” said the NRM District Youth Think Tank chairperson, Mr Frank Murangwa.

He accused the government of failing to fulfill its pledge to solve unemployment.

The spokesperson of the association, Mr Billgates Magondo, on Friday said Mr Mbabazi is one of the leaders in NRM who knows the suffering of the youth and could forward their problems to President Museveni.

Mr Magondo said they had started income generating projects like dairy farming, poultry, piggery, goat rearing and carpentry among others but are constrained by lack of capital. During the meeting presided over by Sembabule deputy Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Henry Baguma, district NRM leaders agreed to work closely with the youth to support their projects.

Mr Baguma later told Sunday Monitor the youth’s problem was stemming from not having a chairperson. “Their problem right now stems from not having a district NRM youth chairperson since David Kabanda, who used to be their chairperson, left the district after being promoted. What we are going to do is to ask them to start the process of electing a new one,” he said.

Meeting blocked
On May 30, police in Sembabule District blocked some youth claiming to be pro-Mbabazi from holding a meeting in Sembabule Town Council where they had planned to discuss possible development projects.

They claimed Mr Mbabazi was scheduled to attend the meeting, but he later said on his Facebook page that he was not aware of the said meeting.