Ugandan youth with disabilities have asked Government, through Parliament, to put in place laws which will enable them have their own representatives at various leadership levels.
Addressing journalists in Kampala, Mwambu Musa, a representative of People with Disabilities at the National Youth Advocacy Platform (NYAP), pointed out that they lack a clear voice to address their grievances.
“At the National Youth council where decisions concerning all youths are made, out of the nine members, there is no representative for youth with disability,” Musa said.
He also noted that at Parliament, there are youth representatives but youth with disabilities are not part of the electoral colleges which elects them.
“The general representatives of people with disabilities in Parliament are very few and they don’t pay attention to problems affecting the disabled youths,” Musa retorted.
“We need to handle our issues separately because even if we ‘go Hansard’, none of the legislators has ever asked Government to reduce on the taxes imposed on ICT equipment for people with vision and hearing impairment yet they are very essential in this modern world,” further stated.
James Mumbere, the National coordinator of NYAP said that as the world marks this year’s Youth day, there is a need to empower all young people to freely participate in all political and leadership activities of their country.
Crispin Mutehimbwa Kakuba, Executive Director of NYAP, asked the Electoral Commission to amend the laws requiring candidates to pay high nomination fess so that even the young people can freely participate in the elections.
It should be noted that Parliament recently added the elderly among the Special Interest Groups which will have five representatives.