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Youth in Masaka Task Presidential Candidates on Improved Social Welfare and Unemployment

The youth mainly first-time voters in the districts of Rakai, Kyotera and Masaka prefer that candidates address them on clear action plans to improve their social welfare including on how they intend to address the unemployment challenges affecting the country.
Youthful Presidentail Candidate John Katumba (Holding a Megaphone), campaiging in Masaka, the youth here say they are yet to get a candidate who addresses their concerns

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A section of the youth in Masaka sub region are longing for improved social-welfare and clear strategies to end the soaring unemployment.

A month after the presidential and parliamentary campaigns started, four out of the eleven presidential candidates have so far canvassed for votes in the area.

These include Alliance for National Transformation-ANT flag bearer Gregory Mugisha Muntu, and independent candidates Willy Mayambala, Joseph Kiiza Kabuleeta who did not show-up and John Katumba who has campaigned in the area since Monday.

However, a sample of youths, mainly first-time voters in the districts of Rakai, Kyotera and Masaka prefer that candidates address them on clear action plans to improve their social welfare including on how they intend to address the unemployment challenges affecting the country.

Rashid Tumwebaze, a 21-year-old Boda Boda rider in Kinoni Town council, Lwengo district says their quest is to listen to a candidate that has practical solutions that can help the youth improve their social-welfare to add value to their lives.

Tumwebaze is concerned that many youths are highly struggling to survive without reliable sources of incomes, a situation that has rendered them to living impoverished lives and without a clear reflection of their future.

For instance, he says they are looking up for a candidate who can save them from the exploitation they are suffering at the hands of exorbitant money lenders who offer them motorcycles on credit, which has reduced them into habitual beggars.

  //Cue in: (Luganda) “ekisooka abavubuka….   

  Cue out; ….mbi nyonyo nno.”//

Abdul Mawanda, another youth living in Sembabule town council says they would wish to engage the presidential candidates on the real issues affecting their respective areas, an opportunity they are yet to get.  He says they want the presidential candidates to localize their campaign manifestos to fit into the concerns of local people who he says are currently desperate.

According to Mawanda, besides addressing the general youth unemployment challenge, their district is also faced with serious inadequacies in social services delivery that range from poor healthcare and education systems to acute water scarcity and poor road network that generally affect residents in the area.

   //Cue in: (Luganda) “kuby’amalwariro ekyali ……   

  Cue out; …..nga ebitundu.”//  

Emmanuel Kaweesi, a youth in Kimanya-Kyabakuza division of Masaka City he is however disappointed that presidential candidates are not sparing time to listen to concerns of the local people in the areas where they are campaigning. He also castigated the security organs of narrowing the space of engagement between the electorates and many opposition presidential candidates.

   //Cue in: “bw’olonda omuntu….. 

    Cue out; ….okuyitawo mu kkubo.”//