Uganda Population Growth a Serious Threat – NPA

Police in Kampala has Thursday afternoon blocked a crowd of Rwandese nationals who had staged a protest at the British High Commission along Kiira Road in Kampala.

About 50 Rwandese of the Association of Rwandan Community in Uganda held placards with messages condemning the ‘demeaning’ arrest of a Rwandan General Karenzi by British authorities.

Gen. Karenzi Karake was last Saturday arrested at Heathrow airport. He was today appeared before a London court which granted him a £ 1 million bail.

Ubuwitse Munda a businessman in Kampala who was leading the group told us that they were demonstrating against the action taken by Britain.

“We went to the British High Commission but we were disrupted by police officers who denied us access” he said.

Munda noted that they will continue with the protests until Gen. Karenzi is released.

“If they take him today, check tomorrow it could be another” he further told us.

Amos Kasigwa, one of the protesters and a student referred to Gen. Karenzi’s arrest as ‘an insult not only to Rwanda but the whole of Africa’.


He believes that this arrest is politically motivated and might be a move to revenge on Rwanda’s recent shutdown of the BBC channel in Rwanda.

Asked about their next move, Kasigwa stated that they will keep on pressing and also write to the British High Commissioner in Uganda for the restoration of Rwanda’s dignity.
Uganda Bureau of Statistics has been urged to work towards simplifying data and making it accessible to Ugandans.

These remarks were made by the Deputy Chairman National Planning Authority Dr. Abel Rwendeire during a public symposium organized by Uganda Bureau of Statistics.

Dr Rwendeire said that the public is a stakeholder and needs to understand population dynamics.

“Statistics must be managed properly to assess performance results” he added.

He noted that Uganda’s population has increased by 25 million since 1969. By 2020, medicine Uganda is anticipated to have a population of 40.2 million which pauses a dependency burden.

He warned that the population structure of Uganda has serious implications such as lack of basic amenities, unemployment, high housing costs and over spending on unproductive people.

Dr. John Ssekamate Ssebuliba, from National Planning Authority highlighted the need for population growth to be synonymous with growth in resource allocation.

He said that Uganda’s population growth currently stands at 3 percent per annum.

Among the recommendations to deal with this threat, Dr Ssebuliba said masses should be educated continuously on implications of this growth. He also asked government to provide services and information on well planned families.

The symposium was attended by civil society organizations, activists, academics and the general public.

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