Thursday May 15 2014

Stop begging mentality, Katikkiro tells youth

Buganda Katikkiro Peter Mayiga greets nuns at

Buganda Katikkiro Peter Mayiga greets nuns at Gongonya Convent in Kisubi on Tuesday during a fundraising drive to reconstruct Kasubi Tombs. PHOTO BY MARTIN SSEBUYIRA 

By Martin Ssebuyira

The Katikkiro of Buganda, Mr Peter Mayiga, has urged youth in the kingdom to become more enterprising instead of asking the government to provide them with jobs.

Mr Mayiga, who was a on a fundraising drive in Kawuku, Abayita Ababiri and Kisubi towns near Entebbe on Tuesday, said the government will only boost those who have already started commercial projects.

“This is like staying in church to wait for God to give you what to eat. God will only aid those who pray and go out to work,” Mr Mayiga said.
According to a study released last year by Action Aid International, youth unemployment stands at 62 per cent.

The Katikkiro said this was the right time to revive the kingdom’s lost glory and implored loyalists and well-wishers to donate generously to projects designed to return Buganda to the peak.
“Stop lamenting over past problems and take the bull by the horns. Draft strategies to tackle these problems,” he said.

While at Kasenyi Landing Site, Mr Mayiga urged fishermen to embrace a saving culture and abstain from irresponsible behaviour that can expose them to HIV/Aids.

“Having fun after a hard day’s work is not a bad idea, however you should know the HIV virus is still prevalent. You will be useful to the kingdom and country when you are alive and hard working,” he said.
Surveys conducted by the Uganda Aids Commission in 2007 show HIV prevalence in some fishing communities is as high as 38 per cent.
When he was appointed Katikkiro in last May, Mr Mayiga vowed to prioritise development projects, respect for the Kabaka and restoration of kingdom institutions that have been desecrated.