Premier Amama Mbabazi who is also MP for Kinkizi West and his counterpart Dr. Chris Baryomunsi, the MP for Kinkizi East have pleaded with their people not to demonstrate over the abandoned Mitano bridge.
Residents allege that the construction of the bridge was abandoned and the construction equipment taken from the site by the contractors.
During joint celebrations to mark the International Youth day and World Population day at Kanungu District headquarters over the weekend, Mpungu Sub-county Councillor Frank Byaruhanga told the MP and the premier that the residents intend to demonstrate if nothing is done about the bridge which was commissioned by President Yoweri Museveni at his recent visit to the District. President Museveni also commissioned construction of Mitano, Ntungwa and Birara bridges in the district.
Premier Mbabazi was the chief guest at the joint celebrations which was attended by hundreds of people from Kanungu District.
Mr Mbabazi and Mr Baryomunsi in their remarks explained to the People that the Contractor was given three months to refine the design of the bridge and also arrange logistical requirements before commencement on the works.
Mr Baryomunsi further told the residents that the contractor was hurriedly brought on site to make a temporary bridge to ease the challenge of access to Kanungu, adding that Uganda National Road Authority (UNRA) is closely following up on the matter.
The theme for this year’s International Youth day is “Unlocking young people’s potential for sustainable development through investment, while the World Population Day theme for this year is “ Invest in young people today to ensure a bright future for Uganda.
“Uganda today has a potentially problematic population structure where the dependency ratio is highly increasing owing to the high fertility of Ugandan women,” Mr Mbabazi said.
He said Uganda’s population growth rate at 3.3% per annum is the highest in the world, yet 50% of the population is composed of teenagers.
“The plight of the youth is the most critical and most urgent matter we must address,” said Mr Mbabazi, challenging the youth to always aim higher to succeed in life.
On youth unemployment, the Premier said Government under vision 2040 recognizes that Uganda has a labour force that is largely under or unemployed, has inappropriate skills compounded by an economy with slow labour absorptive capacity.
He highlighted the measures Government has undertaken to address the problem of youth unemployment and poverty such as the Youth Livelihood Programme, Skilling Uganda, the Students’ Loan Scheme and ICT Incubation centres, among others.
Mr Baryomunsi in his further remarks warned the youth to guard against HIVAIDS and embrace Government programmes designed to address youth unemployment.
According to the Kanungu District Youth Chairperson, Mr Andrew Agaba, 48 youth groups in Kanungu have so far received Shs300 million as of June 2014, benefitting 650 youths who are engaged in projects such as piggery, farming and small businesses.
The Kanungu youth gave Mbabazi a stool, walking stick and shield in appreciation for his role as a developmental and supportive leader of the youth.
Mbabazi handed over 7 motorcycles donated by United Nations Population Fund to District health workers.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor