By Edwin Muhumuza

Youths have been urged to change their mindset in regard to tackling the unemployment challenge. With as low as 20,000 shs, Sawa World ,a non-governmental organization says the funds are enough to embark on an income generating project, if they are well trained.

The  country director, Sheila Ampumuza speaking to the media noted that the key challenge among young people is the mindset but learning from others who have made a living from little amounts of money as capital is key to multiplying the success effect.

Ahead of the 5th Anniversary at Sheraton Gardens, on the 16th,several skills will be imparted to the youth, mainly  in marketing, business planning among others, said Ampumuza.

‘Sawa World uses an innovative approach to self-empower 1.2 billion people out of extreme poverty with their own solutions. We provide large-scale access to local solutions that are created by the very people living in extreme poverty ‘ said the founder, Daphne Nederhorst .

She adds that the organization focuses on the world’s poorest countries and ensures these solutions are shared and succeed as locally created, permanent strategies that strive without any dependency on charity or international aid.

Since 2012,the organization has experienced support from local leaders, youth organizations and feels government is right in pushing for skills development.58% of the 40,000 youth reached have their enterprises still running, says the country director.




Stolen Gulu youth fund worth 200 Million Ugx recovered from top official

Gulu district has recovered more than Shillings 200 million that was swindled from the Youth Livelihood Project-YLP by a top official.
The money is part of the Shillings 224 million was stolen by the Chief Accountant, David Lalonyo in October last year. The money was meant to benefit 31 youth groups in the district.

It is alleged that Lalonyo diverted the funds to his farm in Amuru district shortly after withdrawing it for disbursement to the youth groups. He was arrested in November and later interdicted over the money.

Now, Jessica Anena, the Focal Person Youth Livelihood Project Gulu district, says Lalonyo has been paying back the funds in installment through Police.  According to Anena, Lalonyo made the last installment of Shillings 6 million in December 2016.

Martin Ojara Mapenduzi, the Gulu District LC V chairperson says the recovered money will go towards financing activities of the 31 youth groups. He says they are yet to recover Shillings 17 million from the chief accountant.

Three of the groups that were meant to benefit from the disbursement are Dika can Pwonya, youth piggery group in Ongako sub county, Layik youth piggery group in Bungatira sub county and Labworomor Bed ki Gen youth group.

The Youth Livelihood Project is a poverty alleviation program initiated by the government of Uganda in 2013 after the failure of youth venture fund. Among others, it aims at addressing the sky rocketing unemployment among the youth population in the country.




Many Ugandan youth admit they are addicted to sports betting

Several youths in Kampala have acknowledged their addiction to sports betting, stating that their attempts to quit have been in vain.

Most of the people URN spoke too around Kampala state that although they are aware of the fact that gambling is bad, they are addicted to the game and always have a hope of winning despite losing frequently.

Sam Osuret, a security guard says he started betting two years ago when he placed a bet of 100,000 shillings in a premier league game. He won 700,000 shillings in what he described as his lucky day.

Ever since that major win, he has never left betting with the hope of winning more and better like other people have done.

Now Osuret states that although he has been winning, he has invested at least 10,000 shillings weekly but rarely reaps out of this.

Osuret notes that he does not encourage people to bet stating that it is majorly the leaders to save the youths from putting all their money in betting.

Stephen Semakula, a boda boda rider in Ntinda won 9 million shillings after putting in 15,000 from Gal sports betting in May this year. He says that when he won the money, he could not believe it until when he handled the money.

Semakula says he used the money for starting up a poultry business. He says he was inspired to start betting when his friend won 30 million shillings in just one bet. Semakula says unlike other people, he only bets with the little money that he has and does not consider it as a job.

Ssemakula calls upon the Government to save the youths with employment since all of them now take on betting as work, adding that as long as he is not working, his mind is on betting.

He says one major weakness is that many people after winning get back to betting with the same money and end up losing it.

Ngobi Farouk, a supporter of the English Premier League side, Arsenal, states that he only bets because he likes football. According to him, although he has been putting a minimum of 500 shillings and maximum of 3000 shillings for bets, the greatest amount he has won is 60,000 shillings.

He states that he has continued betting mostly because he is a footballer and fan who always hopes his prediction is exact. He says that he tried to quit betting two months ago but failed.

Another youth who started betting three years ago and preferred to remain anonymous stated that although winning is luck, many people lose more than they win.To him betting is an hobby which should not cause you to desire more income out of it.

According to the Uganda Lotteries and Gamings Board, Ugandans spend over 150 billion shillings in Casinos, slot machines, lotteries and betting annually.Ugandan also collects 30 billion shillings in taxes from the games and lotteries companies.


New magistrate assigned to handle the yellow pigs case

Grade One Magistrate Moses Nabende has been assigned to take over the trial of two youths charged with holding a pig protest at Parliament last year.

The reassignment follows accusations of judicial misconduct against magistrate Beatrice Khainza by lawyer Isaac Semakadde on behalf of the youth operating under the jobless brotherhood umbrella. The accusations were embedded in a complaint to Buganda Road Court Chief Magistrate Jamson Karemani.

Semakadde faulted Khainza for openly threatening and embarrassing Norman Tumuhimbise and Robert Mayanja both members of jobless brotherhood, over the continued press coverage of the case.

The Lawyer also alleged that magistrate Khainza noted that the Chief Justice Bart Katureebe had personally called and cautioned her over the constant media coverage of the “yellow pigs” trial.

He requested the Chief Magistrate Jamson Karemani to take action under Section 221 of the Magistrates Courts Act to redeem the independence and impartiality of the trial court and ensure that justice prevails in the case.

Judiciary’s Senior Communications officer Solomon Muyita told URN in an interview that the Buganda Road Chief Magistrate Jamson Karemani had concluded discussions with magistrate Khainza on the matter and resolved to assign another magistrate to preside over the case.

Muyita noted that magistrate Khainza expressed discomfort with handling the case after the complaint and opted out.

The trial of the jobless brotherhood youth started followed the shocking entry into parliament by the two youths with two yellow-colored piglets. The youths identified as Norman Tumuhimbise and Robert Mayanja were reportedly protesting against unemployment, corruption and harsh budgetary measures.

The piglets tagged Yes, M-PIGS, Corruption constituency’ and ‘Jubilee Alliance’ emerged from the Parliamentary parking, straight into the main entrance of Parliament.

The two youths face charges of contravening the Parliament Powers and Privileges Act which prohibits demonstrations within the Precincts of parliament.



seven FDC supporters arrested

At least seven Forum for Democratic Change- FDC party supporters accused of staging an illegal demonstration spent a night at Nagalama police station in Mukono district. They were rounded up at Nagalama police station on Tuesday evening as they accompanied FDC national leaders to see Dr. Kizza Besigye, the former FDC party president.

Siraj Bakaleke, the Kampala North Regional Police Commander, says the FDC youth are wanted for staging an illegal demonstration.  According to Bakaleke, the youth are part of the group, which had earlier in the day blocked the Kampala-Mukono road to protest Besigye’s arrest.

On Tuesday morning, Police intercepted Dr. Besigye at Mulago junction and took him to Kiira road police station before he was transferred to Nagalama police station following his disagreements with police on the route he should use to access the FDC party headquarters in Najjanakumbi for prayers.

According Bakaleke, the FDC supporters will be taken to court once police investigations are complete. But Nathan Nandala Mafabi, the FDC Secretary General, has dismissed the arrest of the FDC supporters as uncalled for since they were peaceful. He expressed fear for the safety of the supporters, saying Nagalama Police Station is known for torture.

According to Nandala, they expected to police to release the party supporters together with Besigye last night but they were told to return this morning, which he thinks is unreasonable. He appealed to police to stop witch hunting FDC party supporters, saying thing may change one day.





Youth don’t deserve to be housemaids: Civil society organisations

Civil society organizations have blamed, Ministry of gender, labor and social development for signing agreements with  Arab countries to export Ugandan graduates to work as house maids. Arthur Larok the country director of Action Aid made the remarks while presenting the 2015 -2021 citizen’s manifesto in Kampala. Larok says  being house helps is not the kind of employment the youths deserve.

Larok adds the ninth parliament betrayed Ugandans in the manner in which they deliberated on the management of the country’s affairs.