Museveni on increasing money for Youth Fund: He said Kyagulanyi, Mugisha Muntu, Besigye and Tumukunde were all in Parliament but silent about it.
The National Resistance Movement (NRM) presidential candidate, Yoweri Museveni has aimed a dig at opposition leaders on issues concerning increasing money for the youth fund program.
Museveni made the remarks while meeting NRM Youth leaders during his just-concluded scientific campaigns in Ankole region.
He said that the NRM government has brought on board several ideas to reduce unemployment levels among youths and also empower them but on notable occasions, these, have been opposed by those in the opposition.
Museveni explained that he has over the years tried to inject more money in youth livelihood and women fund programs but leaders assigned have worked contrary.
Justifying his facts right, Museveni cited out the former youth MP, Gerard Karuhanga whom he claimed was useless as a leader because he did nothing for the youths.
“Gerard Karuhanga was once a youth but what did he do? He was just useless. We want to inject more money in youth livelihood and women fund programs by government to benefit more people,” Museveni said.
“I want to inject more money in youth livelihood and women fund programs but the only problem is that it is only me fighting for youth and women funds as if I am a youth or woman.”
On these, Museveni said that they have all worked in parliament but non of them has ever pushed for the increase of salaries of youths and women.
“Kyagulanyi has been in parliament but why didn’t he talk about increasing money for the youth fund program? Mugisha Muntu, Besigye and Tumukunde were all in parliament but never talked about these things. Whenever I push these things, they are pushing to increase their salaries.”
Meanwhile, Museveni also spoke about the increasing unemployment in the region. He said that most people only think about working in government but this, not a good mindset because government jobs are usually limited to a few people.
He suggested sectors like agriculture, factories, ICT and the services sector that as well provide several well paying job opportunities.
“The jobs can be got in agriculture if you get involved in commercial agriculture like me and mama who employ 100 people at my farm in Kisozi,” Museveni said.
“The second sector is factories which provide a number of jobs but also the services sector like hotels, transport, banking, tourism and even professional services like lawyers and doctors. The fourth sector is ICT and the last one is public service but this one has a limit on how many people it can employ.”