Government to Take Care of Aged Nationals

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President Museveni says that his father, the Late Amos Kaguta who died at 97, could have lived longer but he spent most of his early life smoking cigarette which was a daily poison in his life.

Government pledges to take full responsibility on any Ugandan national who clocks 100 years by granting them absolute access to health, economic and all their social needs.

President Museveni made the commitment while speaking during the celebrations to mark 100 years of Rwot Anania Akera, the Bobi clan chief in Acholi in Gulu district.
 
He urged the Youths to emulate Akera by desisting from Smoking and drinking alcohol but focus more on hard work, taking time off to rest, eating and drinking healthy.

President Museveni says that his father, The Late Amos Kaguta who died at 97 could have lived longer but spent most of his early life smoking cigarette which was a daily poison in his life.
 
Chief Anania Akera who was one of the great commercial farmers in northern Uganda supplied Uganda’s 30% of tobacco to the regional markets; he also was involved in cattle farming before the insurgency.

The deputy speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulannya says that the president can make an administrative or executive order on the decree.  He says the cabinet will conduct a consultation and draft a way forward on the commitment made by the president.

Meanwhile elders have asked president Museveni to reconsider putting the age limit of 80 years instead of 100 as many Ugandans cannot reach that age. By 2011, the lifespan for Ugandans was at 54.07 years.

Professor Okot Bwangamoi, a lecturer at Gulu University says that not many people will benefit from the scheme, since majority of the population do not attain that age due to poverty.

Bwangamoi says Akera had resources like land, capital and finances which sustained him over the years yet several elders in northern Uganda from the age of 70 are suffering with  health difficulties and  frustration since their animals where lost during the war.

The Arch Bishop of Gulu Archdiocese John Baptist Odama welcomed the scheme saying that elders will benefit from it and also encourage many people to strive and reach that life through living a purpose driven life.  He says many Ugandans die early because of Irresponsibility

 

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Alex Otto
“Journalism that changes lives is my goal,” Alex Otto has said on more than one occasion. That is his career’s guiding principle. Has been since he was a radio journalist in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu in 2009.

Otto passionately believes his journalism should bring to the fore the voices of the voiceless like the shooting victims of Apaa. Otto tries in his journalism to ask tough questions to those in positions of authority.

Based in the Kampala bureau, Otto is especially interested in covering agriculture, politics, education, human rights, crime, environment and business. He has reported intensively on the post-conflict situation in northern Uganda.

A URN staff member since 2014, Otto previously worked with The Observer Newspaper from 2012 to 2013 and later the Institute for War and Peace Reporting IWPR based in Gulu.

He was the URN Gulu bureau chief 2014-2016.