By Jotham Alinaitwe


The Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Robinah Nabbanja has commended the Uganda Parliamentary Forum on Youth Affairs for taking the Parliament closer to the people.

Nabbanja said that the forum has also contributed to efforts to have the views of the young people included in the legislative processes.

This was contained in her speech delivered by Hon. Peace Mutuuzo, the Minister of State for Gender and Culture at the Second National Youth Symposium at Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in Kampala on Wednesday.  The symposium was held under the theme –Redefining Governance and Political Inclusivity in Uganda.

The Prime Minister said that the Government values the contributions of the young people – who constitute a large part of the country’s population – to national development. This, she added, explains why the young people are represented at various levels of the Government – Cabinet, Parliament, Districts, County, Sub-County, Parish, and Village.

“These youth are voted through elections, which are important to democracy,” Nabbanja said.  “Democracy is one of the core principles of the NRM Government,” she added.

Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga (2nd left) arriving for the Second National Youth Symposium at Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in Kampala on Wednesday

She explained that the NRM Government provides scholarships to young people every year and has set up Regional Presidential Industrial Skilling Hubs to skill the youth in various vocational fields.

Nabbanja also said that the Government has established various programmes like the Youth Livelihood Programme to facilitate socioeconomic transformation among young people.

The First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for East African Community Affairs, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, who gave a keynote address, asked the young people in politics to work collaboratively for the development of the country. She encouraged young women to engage in politics.