Tuesday June 3 2014

Youth hold peaceful regime change campaign in Lira

By Bill Oketch

Lira- At least 150 youth from different political parties held a peaceful regime change campaign in Lira Town, calling for restoration of presidential term limits.

Those who attended last week’s workshop included Mr Francis Mwijukye, the Forum for Democratic Change youth national mobiliser; Mr Dennis Olodi, the northern region youth vice chairperson, who is also a mobiliser of the Uganda Peoples Congress party in Lango; Mr Andrew Karamagi a rights activist; and Mr Willy Omodo Omodo, the national vice chairperson for the NRM Youth League, northern region.

Mr Karamagi said they are on a countrywide move for a regime change because the country is faced with extensive problems.

“We cannot continue living in a country where up to 19 women die every day giving birth, where 83 out of 100 youth don’t have jobs, where 206 people succumb to malaria every day and we have a government in place,” Mr Karamagi said.

“It’s time for us to take charge of the situation, to take up responsibility and respond to this situation with urgency it deserves. It is for this reason that we are moving around the country to get support from the youth and have a change,” he added.

Mr Mwijukye said the youth have been oppressed and sidelined by President Museveni’s regime.
“So we are saying that the young people should come together, realise our potential and harness it for development, harness it for self liberation. We are feed up of stories, we want action that will enhance development,” he said.

Mr Omodo Omodo asked all youthful NRM supporters to advocate the restoration of presidential term limits. “I’m also saying we are not supporting the issue of a sole candidate. We also want the term limit back,” he said.