KABALE DISTRICT SUSPENDS YOUTH ACTIVITIES
By Deo Okoodi
Youth leaders in Kabale district have resolved to suspend all youth activities until the ministry of gender Labour and social development reinstates their transitional grant.
Namara John Bosco the district Youth chairman said annual youth council meeting, monitoring of youth livelihood projects and creation of awareness campaign on HIV/AIDS are some of the activities to be affected.
Youths have been receiving transition grant of 1 million shillings quarterly from the ministry to help them sustain youth activities including organising district celebrations to mark the International youth day which is celebrated ever year but the grant has not been remitted for almost a year.
He put Gender, Labour and social Development minister Janat Mukwaya to explain why the grant which youth depend on as the only form of financial support was summarily scrapped without giving any explanation.
Although chief Administrative Wilson Tibugyenda sympathised with them and promised to pursue the matter, the minister advised them to forget about grant saying all money has been spent because the country is run on cash economy. She informed them that currently Finance ministry is running one grant for the social sector and this will cover all activities under Gender.
The minister was meeting youth and women leaders at Kabale district council hall as she completed her two day monitoring and evaluation exercise of the youth livelihood program in the district.
Youths also threatened to resign their leadership positions in protest against failure by the district to provide them with office space.
District youth chairman said that they are currently operating in the corridors of the district building and this disorganizes them a lot since they cannot have their documents kept in one place.