Members of Kagadi district youth council that were elected recently were on Friday sworn in by the chief administrative officer Kagadi, Mathias Ndifuna at Kagadi community hall to allow them fully assume of term for 2021/2026.
The newly elected Kagadi Youth Council sworn in for their term 2021-2026 with call to influence Kagadi youth to cause developmental change among youth in Kagadi District.
Herbert Nuwagaba a graduate in Economics from Makerere University assumed the position of the district Youth chairperson on NRM ticket after he went through unopposed replacing Emmanuel Turanzomwe who was cast out by age to quit office. Herbert will lead a group of 96 other youth council members for a term of 2021-2026.
Herbert vowed to work collaboratively with other leaders to cause change among the youth in the district and also leave a legacy after office.
Emmanuel Turanzomwe the outgoing youth council chairperson said that over 1,400 youth have benefited from government projects in his regime especially the Youth Livelihood Programme under the Ministry of Gender Labour and Social development.
Turanzomwe however, decried limited funding from the government to the youth council.
“The youth council budget was slashed from 10.8m to 7.8m which made it hard to facilitate youth activities in the district”. Turanzomwe said
Vincent Asiimwe who represented chief administrative officer challenged the incoming youth council members to influence Kagadi youth to cause development.
Asiimwe said that many youths resort to unnecessary movements in search for what to do yet they have resources within their localities but it’s hard for them to identify them.
“Leave issues of moving from here to there, tell your youth to settle down and start small. Time will come and you will be asked that what did you do during your youthful stage?” Asiimwe challenged youth leaders.
Section 7 of the National Youth Council Amendment Act 2003 provides for the establishment of a District Youth Council in every District of Uganda.
The District Youth Council is a body corporate with the power to sue or be sued in its cooperate name and shall carry out every lawful activity carried out by body corporate.
Composition of the District Youth Council.
According to the National Youth Council Act 2003, the District Youth Council shall consist of the following; the District Youth Committee; The Chairperson of every sub-county, Division, Municipality or Town Youth Council; The Secretary for Women Affairs at the Sub-county, Division, Municipality or Town level; The Secretary responsible for Finance at the sub-county, Division, Municipality or Town level; One representative of Non-governmental organizations involved in youth activities in the District to be nominated by the District youth council committee; One youth with disability nominated by organizations of persons with disability in the district; The District Officer in charge of Youth Affairs; Two student representatives nominated by the Uganda National Students’ Association in the District one of whom shall be female; The two youth councilors on the district Local Government Council and the Executive Secretary of the District Secretariat.
This section also says that the members of the Council in paragraphs (e), (g), (i), (j) shall be ex-officio members who shall participate in the deliberations of the Council without a deciding vote.
The District Youth Council meets twice a year to discharge its functions and shall be chaired by the Chairman or in his absence the Vice-Chairman.