Uganda has today joined the rest of the world to commemorate International Youth Day under “Youth Engagement for Global Action”, with President Museveni reechoing his call that the youth participate in poverty alleviation activities.The founder and team leader of the Uganda Youth and Adolescent Health Forum (UYAHF) Patrick Mwesigye,29, who doubles as National Resistance Movement (NRM) youth league chairperson for Kamukuzi in Mbarara city has challenged government to involve the youth in all programs as well as supporting youth projects for development. Mwesigye who is also western Uganda Youth Member of Parliament (MP) 2021-26 aspirant says the youth need competent representatives because they are being marginalized and some have succumbed to the situation hence increased early marriages and pregnancies, abortions, drug abuse, and other ill acts which the government should strongly fight.
The government was further asked to ensure that skills and vocational studies like tailoring, carpentry, and others should also be supported to fight unemployment and poverty through creation of sources of income.
This day was first marked on August 12,2000 and today’s theme seeks to highlight the ways in which the engagement of young people at the local, national and global levels is enriching national and multilateral institutions and processes, as well as draw lessons on how their representation and engagement in formal institutional politics can be significantly enhanced.Patrick is the winner of the 2019 Global Youth Leadership Award on Universal Health Coverage (UHC) stresses that the youth and women have always positioned themselves to benefit from different opportunities, only to be sabotaged or underestimated by some leaders. This award was given to him by World Health Organization, African Union and the Access-Challenge at the sidelines of the recent 2019 United Nations General Assembly in New York. Aaron Ainomugisha,editorial,https://twitter.com/AaronAinomugis3