Twaweza Finally Launches Citizen Awareness Campaigns

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Twaweza has launched a program to spur citizens in Uganda to initiate and participate in positive change in their communities and the country in general for better service delivery.

Twaweza has launched a program to spur citizens in Uganda to initiate and participate in positive change in their communities and the country in general for better service delivery.
 
The program dubbed Ni Sisi aims to get individual Ugandans to take part in what is around their communities to see the problems in their communities and participate in changing the status quo.
 
Speaking during the launch at Sheraton Hotel today, Rajesh Rajani the head of Twaweza East Africa said by standing up and taking action, citizens in Uganda can bring about change themselves rather than waiting for government, politicians, donors or NGOs to do it for them.
 
Rajani said government initiated the Universal Primary Education – UPE, but added that it was up to local people to establish whether teachers were teaching.
 
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The tagline Ni sisi is the Swahili version of ‘Change is me, You, Us.’ He says the aim of the program is to spur debate and action around the concept Ni sisi and help people contribute to society.
 
Rajani, who was flanked by John Male Mukasa, a Member of the Board of Trustees of Twaweza, urged people like civil servants to look at their passion, the young people to do small things in their societies at the time when they do not have jobs to bring about change.
 
Rajani said that even leaders like former South African President Nelson Mandela were able to do what they did with the help of ordinary people.
 
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The Twaweza initiative operates in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania and aims to get citizens involved in decision making from an informed point of view.
 
Last year, Twaweza imported 250,000 calendars urging people to change their world. However, the calendars were impounded by police at the Mutukula border and only released recently after 17 months.
 
Deus Mukalazi, the Program Officer Twaweza Uganda said the posters would help promote citizen agency and individual responsibilities and action.
 
The posters have pictures or local leaders like President Yoweri Museveni, as well as opposition politicians including Nobert Mao, Kiiza Besigye and Kampala Member of Parliament Meddie Nsereko with a question “Will you wait all year for someone else?  Or Will you take action today?” On the reverse side are pictures of leaders like American President Barrack Obama, UN Former Secretary General, Kofi Annan and his successor Ban Ki Moon among others.  
 
The posters are now going to be distributed countrywide to get members of the public to act.
 
This campaign has already started with adverts seen on local TV stations with a Lady confronting a medical doctor who refuses to work on patients just because he wants a bribe. The advert calls on the public to do the same and stand up to these bribe-taking civil servants in government departments who demand for payment to give a service.
 
John Male Mukasa advised Ugandans who try to cause change by indulging in violence like digging up roads, setting up bonfires or fighting the police to instead adopt a positive means to bring about the change.

 

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