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Acholi Youth Leaders Demand Fulfillment of Presidential Pledges

The youth leaders from the National Youth Council and the Youth League of the National Resistance Movement Party, as well as grassroots youth mobilizers, say President Yoweri Museveni made the pledges when they visited him at his home in Rwakitura in 2012.
The Youth Leaders Addressing A Press Conference At Northern Uganda Media Center In Gulu on Tuesday

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Youth leaders in the Acholi sub-region are still pushing for the fulfilment of presidential pledges made to them in 2012.

The youth leaders from the National Youth Council and the Youth League of the National Resistance Movement Party, as well as grassroots youth mobilizers, say President Yoweri Museveni made the pledges when they visited him at his home in Rwakitura in 2012.

The pledges include provision of 40 pieces of iron sheets and 100 bags of cement for the construction of houses for 240 youth leaders, setting up a robust youth-led Savings and Credit Cooperative Society (SACCOs) under the trade name Bulu SACCOs (Youth SACCOs) and provision of scholarships for youth in the subregion whose education were interrupted by conflict of the Lord's Resistance Army.

Others include provision of oxen and ox-ploughs for all parishes in Acholi sub-region to engage in mechanized agricultural productivity and the provision of 70 motorcycles for the SACCOs and 21 others for personal transport for the youth leaders for effective youth mobilization.

On Tuesday, the leaders gathered in Gulu town to demand fulfilment of the pledges ahead of a scheduled weeklong presidential visit to Gulu district due January 18th.

Addressing the media on Tuesday at the Northern Uganda Media Club (NUMEC) saying they want President Yoweri Museveni to remember and act on the pledges as he visits the region.

Richard Owacgiu, the Chairperson NRM Youth League in Gulu and Acholi sub-region says their efforts to follow the pledges have been frustrated by leaders from the region.

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Owacgiu says operationalizing the SACCOs requires 48 Million shillings with initial investment of 1 Billion shillings.

Oyo Richard George, former Chairperson Youth Council Pader District says they have written several letters to the office of the President demanding for the fulfilment of the pledges in vain.

He says they had banked on the SACCOs to create employment and jobs for the youth in the sub region.

Emmanuel Lapyem, a Youth Leader from Kitgum district says while the President fulfilled his pledge to Ghetto Youth in Ka

mpala, he should remember those in the countryside as well.

Chris John Mugisha Anywar, LCV Councilor for Laguti Sub County in Pader District says they will support Bobi Wine and push for their rights if President Museveni is not giving them opportunities to meet him.

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Mugisha says the silence of the youth about the unfulfilled pledges should not be misinterpreted as defeat because it is haunting their political careers.

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Robinson Okello, Finance Secretary Gulu Youth League says they would like to understand whether the youth are still relevant to the National Resistance Party regime.

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Joyce Alima Winnie, Coordinator Acholi Youth Forum in the office of the President says their efforts to follow the pledges have been frustrated by personnel in the office of the President.

President Museveni has made several pledges to the people of Northern Uganda including compensating institutions whose property got destroyed during the NRA bush war and the conflict of the Lord's Resistance Army. Many of them remain unfulfilled to date.