Leader of Opposition in Parliament Wafula Oguttu has called for a clear policy on recruiting youths into the police.
Oguttu was visiting Kabalye Police Training School in Masindi on August 26, at the urging of police chief Kale Kayihura. He was there to lecture students on youth unemployment.
Commenting about the controversial recruitment of university students into police, Oguttu wondered why recruits from Makerere and other tertiary institutions had to be trained in Masindi.
“People will start being suspicious of what the youths are doing in Kabalye Police Training School, even if they are doing good things,” Oguttu said.
Oguttu warned that such recruitments done without an official policy aroused public suspicion.
“If opposition leaders begin to train such youths in Kumi district or my district, they will be arrested, saying they are training rebels,” he said.
Oguttu also warned Kayihura about the unintended results of the training.
“In fact the students said, if they leave this training without getting technical skills on creating jobs, they might end up being crime promoters than crime preventers. So, police should be careful while training youths in military drills,” Oguttu said.
He said a government policy on fighting youth unemployment must be debated and passed in Parliament and a budget allocated to it. Oguttu said youths would not stop rioting unless they got jobs.
“This is Kayihura’s effort now, to fight youth unemployment. But I know there are some people in government who are going to fight him. I don’t know how the prime minister or president looks at it. But there are always PhDs (People Holding to pull you Down),” he said.
The course coordinator, Moses Kafeero, said there was nothing political about the youth training.
“We are mainly training them on ideology of how to use money in economic development and be self-reliant. They have formed Saccos which will be funded to help them start businesses using skills they have acquired than spending time seeking for jobs,” he said.
He said they invited other successful businessmen in agriculture, environment, manufacturing, tourism, transport, hotel catering and ICT sectors to teach youths how they could empower themselves, without looking at public service jobs.
Source : The Observer