President Yoweri Museveni has urged the Ugandan youths to be careful and wise while advocating and propagating for the genuine youth causes, such as the need for employment.
He cautioned of the existing numerous “false prophets” who have their own agendas and are simply using the youth as stepping stone.
The President made remarks at Kigezi College, Butoobere in Kabale Municipality last evening while closing the Kigezi Sub-Region Youth Convention on wealth creation.
At the rally the President cautioned the youths against a number of social evils which he enlisted as alcoholism, sex, drug abuse and homosexuality, among others, that have cost the country most of her useful labor force.
“The Bible says your body is a temple of God. How can you defile a temple of God,” Mr. Museveni asked the youth.
President appreciated the fact that youths indulge in such evils because they are unemployed, and most of them end up in irremediable mistakes like acquiring HIV/AIDS.
He said that the government was aware that the main challenge facing the youth in Uganda today is unemployment and that despite several interventions and programmes, unemployment remained a national challenge.
Museveni however, noted that the youths needed to be careful with some people who tend to identify themselves with the youths’ cause when in real fact, are pursuing their own selfish agendas that may lead the youth into unnecessary problems.
“Be aware of the false prophets as pronounced by Jesus in the Bible. The youth all over the world, have many times been victims of selfish players especially politicians. So please, Ugandan youth walk wisely,” he said.
Mr. Museveni told the youths of Kigezi that employment in Uganda was in five sectors that include agriculture, industries, and the service sector, Information and Communication Technology and the Public Service.
“If you hear anyone who is sabotaging any industry, that’s your enemy. If these industries come up, it’s not Museveni who will be employed there.
It will be you, your sisters and brothers,” the President said. He pledged to support the building of a tea factory in the area since tea production in the area had increased.
On education, Mr. Museveni highlighted a need for career guidance to enable students undertake courses that are on demand on the labor market.
He also called for emphasis on skills training in Information and Communication Technology, carpentry, metal works, modern farming and many more. He said that the government plan is to have one technical institute per constituency.