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Youths Demand More Representation In Parliament

Youth leaders in the western region are calling for increment of youth members of parliament and creation of a fully-fledged youth ministry.

The youths want government to increase the number of Youth MPs for Western region from one to five, so that all the four sub regions of Ankole, Kigezi, Bunyoro , Rwenzori and Tooro have representation in parliament.

These also justified the need for a youth ministry, saying the Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development under which they fall is overstretched by the affairs of the various groups of people such as labour, elderly, youth, disabled, women and children.

Micheal Kwarikunda, a Rukiga district Male Councillor says the youths deserve better representation being that they make up over two thirds of the population.

Kwarukunda says ever since they elected their MP for the region Mwine Mpaka, they last saw him while he was canvasing for vote.

John Bosco Asiimwe the Kabale Youth chairperson says councils at Sub County as well as the district are cash stripped, and cannot run the youth tailored projects at the lower level.

The concerns came out Tuesday during a two day Western region youth leaders workshop at White Horse Inn Kabale.

Lilian Aber, the National Youth Council chairperson said at the meeting that the issues raised by fellow youths were not farfetched; adding that better representation for youths is long overdue. 

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