As Uganda moves closer to the 2016 general elections, the youth of Mukono have been asked to vote visionary leaders who will build the nation other than accepting bribes for votes.
The call was made by Gwada Oget a political consultant from Kenya who said that most times politicians use small bribes such as money, to lure the youths to vote for them but forget to fulfil their promises thereafter.
Citing the 2007 election skirmishes in Kenya, Oget advised that every time they fall prey to incisive politics, the brunt of the consequent losses heavily affects them.
“The fighting in Kenya was between leaders who had their own interest but at the end of it all, it is the public that suffered and majority of them were youths. As youths you should avoid such leaders. Do not be fooled by the leaders who are self-seekers,” Oget advised.
He also asked the youths to task their leaders to work on the issues that affect them at both national and local levels because if they do not participate, their contribution will not be considered.
Helena Okurung the program officer Uganda Youth Network also noted that there is growing political excitement especially among the youth and if not properly checked, could lead to serious consequences such as riots, destruction of property and loss of lives among others.
“Therefore there is need to increase public awareness of respect for diversity while spotting opportunities that come with it, at the same time acknowledging the inherent equal values of all cultures and enhance dialogue because this is a pre-requisite of peace,” she explained.
“Young people are critical actors in the process of enhancing peace, unity and democracy, and are the main stakeholders for socio-political change” she added.
The training that took place at Mothers Union Institute of professional’s studies, in Mukono attracted hundreds of youths from around the area.
By Andrew Masinde, The New Vision