By Micheal Atwakiire Bitunga
On Monday, Uganda joined the rest of world to celebrate the international day of older people a function that was held at Sheema stadium in Sheema district.
The function presided over by the Vice president of Uganda HE Ssekandi Edward Kiwanuka had two people who emerged oldest awarded.
Ruth Nyantaka 108 years from Kashonga village and Mzee Raphael Kyatuuka 107 years from Katongo village Sheema district won gifts like 200000 shs, mattress, and a pair of bed sheets and blanket each for being the oldest people in the whole of Sheema district
Ssekandi who read the speech of President Museveni said that the government invested 32 billion and 880 million shillings to help the older people throughout the country. More than 2700 elders from 57 districts are getting their grant of 25000 shs monthly.
Minister for gender, planning and social development Hon Mutuuzi Grace revealed that, Ugandan life expectancy has expanded from 47 years to 65 years averagely.
She added that in 2050, the number of elders in Uganda will be more than that of children of 14 years and below according to the ministry of research.
Chairman national council for older people canon Tubasiimwa Jorum appealed to the government to give them a seat in parliament so that the elderly can also be represented.
Source: www.mknewslink.com a greater western Uganda news website