The East African Youth Leaders Forum on African Charter on Democracy, Election and Governance (ACDEG) met with the Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Betty Aol on Thursday.
The youth want Aol to advance and champion inclusion and participation of young people in the democratic, governance and development processes of Uganda through ratification, domestication and implementation of ACDEG.
ACDEG was adopted in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on January 30th 2007 during the 8th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union (AU) and came into force on 15 February 2012. It aims at reinforcing the commitment of the AU Member States towards the promotion and consolidation of democratic governance and human rights on the continent.
Led by ACDEG Uganda Chapter Coordinator, Reagan Wamajji and Manager Global Platform at Action Aid, Primus Bahiga, the youth presented to Aol seven prayers including a call to device mechanisms to curtail intimidation during elections.
“In the spirit of fostering transparent, free and fair elections pursuant to article 17 and sub-article 4.2 of ACDEG, we urge our MPs to put in place and implement measures to curb intimidation of the electorate and duty bearers in electoral and media institutions, and champion the meaningful participation of young people in governance processes,” said part of the presentation.
They also urged the LOP to advocate for information protocol that uplifts the values of press freedom pursuant to Articles 2.10, 17.3 and 27.8 of the ACDEG and Sustainable Development Goals.
The youth hailing from various Civil Society organizations, National Youth Council, Youth Networks, Political Party Formations, Academic Institutions and Student Associations and professions also want MPs to establish strong conflict resolution and inclusive mechanisms to foster peaceful and harmonious co-existence of citizens.
Other matters included protecting the constitutional amendment to ensure all amendment processes are and demand driven, creation and strengthening of preventive anti-corruption policies and practices in the management of resources in politics and public affairs in accordance with ACDEG articles.
In her response, Aol promised the youth leaders that she is going to actively engage the Speaker Rebecca Kadaga and Prime Minister, Ruhakana Rugunda to put efforts towards the signing, ratification, and domestication and full implementation the ACDEG.
She appealed to them to sensitize the majority young population to embrace East African federation and patriotism.
“I fully support the agenda and want you young leaders to rally your significant majority colleagues to support and champion the federation of East Africa,” said Aol.