Govt Urged to Make Urban Environment Better for the Elderly

Kabale chief magistrate court has sentenced two workers of Gateway Bus Company to 5 years in jail for alleged theft of $31, see 196  [about Shs 110 million]belonging to a Kabale based Tycoon Bernard Turyasingura in 2013.

Kabale State Attorney Batson Baguma told court that Abdul Aziz Faidah 33, page a Gateway bus driver and Bashir Barugahare 28, side effects a turn man of the same company  on 10th July 2013 were handed $31,196 by Turyasingura -the owner of Manhattan Hotel – to deliver it to someone in Kampala for exchange but this was not done.

In the judgment that read by Magistrate Martins Kirya on behalf of the Kabale Chief Magistrate Agatonica Mbabazi Ahimbisibwe, the court deduced that State had provided sufficient evidence incriminating the two.

He directed them to repay the money on top of serving the 5 year jail term.

The Government of Africa’s youngest nation is better placed to develop urban environments that are favorable to older persons, buy information pills HelpAge International said Thursday while marking the International Day of Older Persons in Juba.

Help Age International helps older people claim their rights, challenge discrimination, and overcome poverty so that they can lead dignified, secure, active and healthy lives.

This year’s 25th anniversary celebrations of International Day of Older Persons (IDOP) has been marked in anticipation of the third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) to be held in 2016.

According to HelpAge International, it will focus not only on the impact of the new urban environment on older persons, but also the impact of older persons on the new urban environment.


Dr Prafulla Mishra, Regional Director of HelpAge International-East, West and Central Africa has said that consistent with the phenomenon of urbanization, the number of older persons is increasing most rapidly in urban areas of developing countries.

“The combined effect of both phenomena means that the number of people over 60 living in cities may grow to over 900 million by 2050 – making up a quarter of the total urban population in developing countries,” she added.

According to the UN, the move of people worldwide to cities is happening at a record pace, with 6 out of every 10 people in the world expected to reside in urban areas by 2030.

“Older people want to feel part of our towns. Before, people used to go to towns to work and later retire back in their villages. But things have changed and a significant number of people are now retiring to live their entire lives in the urban centers,” Mr Ekubazgi Fesshaye Kahssu, Emergency Program Manager | Country Rep. South Sudan said.

“Urban centers must cease being seen as only decanting sites. They must now be planned to cater for a growing number of ageing populations who consider towns as their sole homes,” he added.

After and before the independence of South Sudan, housing problem had been among the hot issues that have been facing the poor citizens in Juba.

HelpAge International lauds the tremendous efforts being done by the Government of South Sudan to address housing issues and making better the urban environment especially in areas such as Amarat, Gudele, Munuki, Atlabara, Nyakuron and Rock city.

However, it notes that something should be done to ensure that the older persons, who choose to live their entire lives in Juba and other towns may live in dignity.

According to the Non Governmental Organisation, well planned cities are more likely to provide income generating and education opportunities, in addition to housing and urban environments that are more accessible and safe for older persons, including the incorporation of age-friendly features in public facilities.

This includes access to affordable, reliable, safe and physically accessible transportation, which is one of the cornerstones of older persons’ participation, independence and social inclusion.

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