Youth Council Wants National Secretariat Staff Sacked Over Incompetence

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A meeting of the National Youth Council has resolved that its secretariat staff should be sacked and fresh recruitment conducted to attract competent employees to promote the interests of the youth.

A meeting of the National Youth Council has resolved that its secretariat staff should be sacked and fresh recruitment conducted to attract competent employees to promote the interests of the youth.
 
The meeting that ended at Namboole Sports View Hotel on Thursday, made several other resolutions besides the call for the Minister of Gender, Labour and Social Affairs under which the youth sector falls, to restructure the National Youth Council secretariat.
 
The National Youth Council secretariat, which is housed at the ministry building in Kampala, is headed by Nasser Shaft Mukwaya, the executive secretary who is assisted by an accountant and two support staff, all of whom the youth want sacked for alleged incompetence. Mukwaya was neither at the meeting nor picked phone calls to comment on the call for his sacking.
 
Samuel Kavuma, the chairperson of the National Youth Council, told Uganda Radio Network after the meeting that the secretariat had failed to represent the interests of the youth. He said as a result, there has been no National Youth Council meeting since 2005 despite a legal provision to have such meetings annually.
 
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The meeting also observed that there was need to carry out a human resource analysis of the secretariat and recruit programs managers who could identify and initiate activities that are helpful to the youth.
 
Other resolutions were for government to ensure that the youth fund is channeled to saving and credit societies in the respective districts instead of the commercial banks to enable the youth access them easily and at lower interest rates.
 
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In addition, the youth also said they wanted specific support under government projects such as the National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS).
 
Meanwhile, the meeting also censured national executive members who comprise Yakub Kasujja, the secretary for legal affairs, David Kabanda, secretary in charge of publicity, Fred Onyango, the general secretary and Richard Abara, the vice chairperson.
 
Early this week, the meeting almost failed to take place after anti riot police deployed heavily at the ministry of gender offices following a directive from the Minister for Youth and Children Affairs, Ronald Kibuule, who wanted it put off until next year.
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