As the campaign season nears its climax, Salim Katumba, an FDC youth councilor in Kawempe division thinks that the youths have for long been left out of politics but now is the time for them to take advantage and elect the leaders of their choice. Youths in Uganda constitute about 70% of the population making them top game changers in this year’s general election come February 18th.
Mr Katumba further noted that there is still a big number of youths who haven’t come out to confirm their ‘votability’ status risking denial to vote next month. “Some youth are still a bit reluctant and this automatically denies us the chance to shake up the power holders. We should all take up the responsibility and fully participate in this electoral process.” Katumba added.
In Uganda, youth challenges range from unemployment to poor skills, poor health, limited access to business funds, poor accommodation. With the general elections – president, members of parliaments, district leaders up to the local council level, youths should turn up on polling day to choose relevant leaders.
The past elections have seen President Yoweri Museveni beat his opponents with support from the youth. This time round there are new faces on the ballot, Mr. Amama Mbabazi, General Biraro, Ms. Maurine Kyalya, Mr. Joseph Mabirizi and Prof. Venacious Baryamureeba, all independent candidates. Others like Dr. Kizza Besigye, and Dr. Abed Bwanika have run against the incumbent thrice and twice respectively. With thousands of first time voters, youths have a great stake in this election.
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