GOVERNMENT GIVEN 1 DAY ULTIMATUM TO EXPLAIN UNEMPLOYMENT.
Youths under a newly formed group ‘Uganda unemployed forum’ have given government one-day ultimatum to explain the spiraling unemployment rate in the country and thereafter provide solutions for the situation.
The group led by Aisu David a graduate of Makerere University with a bachelor of business administration held a protest on Monday outside parliament to express their grievances to the youth Members of parliament.
Barbra Allimadi an activist also castigated government for its reckless spending amidst spiraling youth unemployment also calling upon citizens to demonstrate peacefully for the youths cause.
The group was however denied access to parliament by VIPPU commander at parliament Epecu Martin who told them that parliament was still in recess. The group then held a mini demonstration outside the parliamentary gates calling upon all M.P’s in Parliament to hear them out but all in vain not a single legislator responded to their call.
The group held placards that read”employment is our right” and “we demand that youth issues are addressed” as they protested outside the gates of parliament. They then gave an ultimatum of one day to respond to the issues they had raised else they would mobilize all the other unemployed youths to demonstrate over the matter.
Youth M.P’s who were however attending the citizen’s call for restoration of term limits at Hotel African were shocked when word of the protest reached them.
Monica Amoding the National youth M.P castigated the group for being insensitive as they were doing all they can to sort out the issues surrounding youth unemployment. She added that the four youth legislators were toiling to the last bit of their sweat to coerce government into shaping the youth venture capital fund and they were already proposing the youth enterprise fund to cater for unemployed graduates.
Hon. Gerald Karuhanga also was surprised to hear of the new developments of the youth protest at parliament but however called for calm as the minister of finance is slated to present to parliament an audit of the venture youth capital fund.
Unemployment amongst youths in the country currently stands at 83%.