Angella Kasekende, 25, has announced her intention to run for National Female Youth Member of Parliament in the upcoming 2021 elections.
“I have put myself forward because I have come to the decision that time is extremely limited and precious to contribute to change,” said Ms Kasekende, who currently consults at the International Law Institute- African Centre for Legal Excellence (ILI-ACLE).
She has a Business degree from University of Portsmouth and a Masters in Entrepreneurship and Innovation from the University of Sussex.
Ms Kasekende said, “Young people must take responsibility for their own futures and not be caught up in the blame game that is all too common today.”
The 2021 general elections is attracting a large number of young people who have expressed frustration with the current quality of lawmakers.
More than 75 percent of Uganda’s population is below the age of 30.
Ms Kasekende said her campaign platform shall be Hope, Growth and Prosperity.
“I intend to launch an ambitious program, to foster a million real jobs by reworking current and future programs, redirecting investment and creating viable partnerships between education institutions, vocational centres, business and government,” she observed.
Uganda has one of the highest youth unemployment rates at 13.3%—the number of youth actively looking for a job as a percentage of the labor force—in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Ms Kasekende brings to leadership her youth, passion for entrepreneurship, innovation, and leadership.
She was awarded the Young and Emerging Leadership fellowship, 2019 by the Leo Africa Institute.