Ex- combatants in Rwenzori Region want the government to
support them to enrol on adult learning programs.
They say that most of
them are illiterate, which has affected their day-to-day implementation of government-supported economical activities.
The groups put out the call in their meeting with
officials from the Amnesty Commission Uganda and the Operation Wealth
Creation-OWC in Kasese District.
Wilson Maguniha, one of the reporters, said that
most ex-combatants in the region have trouble reading and writing.
many have taken on small-scale businesses but their management is proving
difficult due to limited ability to write.
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Jorolinaha Ithungu from Kasese says she has no
basic formal acknowledge and this has hindered her capacity to manage her
She asks the government to introduce adult literacy
training centres in local communities to help those willing to study.
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Amos Kibaya says the lack of formal education
means that they are unable to facilitate and monitor their activities
He wants the government to consider paying their schools fees and
help them with money to start bigger income-generating activities.
The Coordinator Amnesty Commission Uganda for the western region, Ronald Ssakatawa says their efforts to support the lives of
ex-combatants have largely been frustrated because the majority of them are
He says the commission has no mandate to support them
acquire formal education and asks local governments in the region to design
programs that can cater for this category of people.
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The community development officer-CDO of Kisinga
Sub County in Kasese district has asked the ex-combatants to embrace the
national adult literacy program.