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Vote Buying Denying Youths Effective Representation – Leaders

Kalisiizo Town Council Youth Chairperson Fred Busuulwa says that Ugandan elections have been commercialized to a level that eliminates the capable leaders in favor of those who can buy their way to the top.
Sarah Babirye Kityo, the Central Uganda youth MP, her constituents say are not fully represented

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The cost of seeking political office is to blame for the deficient representation of youth's views in the national decision-making processes. This is according to Youth Council leaders in Kyotera district. 

Kalisiizo Town Council Youth Chairperson Fred Busuulwa says that Ugandan elections have been commercialized to a level that eliminates the capable leaders in favor of those who can buy their way to the top.

He adds that some of the elected leaders have used borrowed money to facilitate their campaigns and in the end, spend their time in office struggling to clear huge debts, keeping away from their constituents, and from Parliament.

Busuulwa adds that the majority of the candidates in youth leadership positions are elected while at the edge of the youth age bracket, which renders the affirmative action for the youth less relevant.

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Busuulwa argues that even the lower council youth leadership exists as rubberstamps that sanction advances of public servants in juicy public offices.

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Moses Kalyango, the recently elected chairperson of Kyotera District Youth Council has also observed that the lower council structures are always struggling for recognition. He has blamed it on deficiencies by their apex leaders.

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But Marcelina Busomoke, the secretary female affairs at the National Youth Council has advised the lower local structure leaders to effectively utilize the available engagement channels of the national general assembly to make their concerns heard.

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Reports by from the different election observers' bodies including the European Union have continuously expressed concern of level the high commercialization on politics and election in Uganda, warning of consequences of inefficient leaders and deficiencies in good governance practices.