NRM Youth Leaders Salute M7 On Scrapping Agencies
By Our Reporters
President Museveni recently wrote a letter directing Prime Minister Rugunda to come up with a concept paper that will guide the scrapping and merging of the over 150 government agencies and authorities. The president’s view was that these agencies have become too many to have any impact.
The President’s directive sparked a lot of debate and prompted many views to be given including those by district youth leaders who expressed themselves on Wednesday during a national youth council (NYC) consultative retreat at Imperial Royale where Gender Minister Janet Mukwaya addressed them. Besides expressing joy with Mukwaya’s assertive leadership, the youth leaders commended Museveni’s move against some of the agencies which they said had become conduits through which crafty-minded officials would siphon government money in billions every financial year.
“We request you as our line minister to convey our gratitude to the president. The action against these agencies was long overdue and we welcome it. The only exception is NAADS whose ED Samuel Mugasi has always come up with youth friendly interventions and is always quick to implement the president’s directives concerning the youth,” Sembabule NYC Chairman David Kabanda told Mukwaya.
Kabanda, who also chairs the NRM NYC Caucus, urged Mukwaya to remind the President to make good his promise made in Bundibugyo last week to increase the NAADS budget so that Mugasi can serve the youth better. The youth leaders said they would like to see the NAADS-spearheaded Heifer project (giving 16 heifers to youths in each district) expedited to cover more districts.
They argued that to do all that, the NAADS secretariat needs increased funding. At the meeting, youth leaders came from all districts of Uganda and it was a consultative retreat Mukwaya organized at the prompting of President Museveni who attributed the attack of Nakiwala Kiyingi in Bundibugyo during youth day celebrations last week on lack of regular consultative interfaces between the Gender Ministry and youth leaders in the districts.
The youth leaders were happy with Janet Mukwaya for ensuring they each got Shs0.3m as opposed to Shs0.2m they were given last week after a similar retreat in Fort Portal.