PAKWACH. The National Unity Platform (NUP) Presidential candidate Mr Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu has urged youth to champion change and resist oppression that he claimed has rendered them slaves in their own country.

Mr Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine while launching his 2021general elections campaign in Pakwach district, West Nile region said the government has deliberately denied the youth opportunities to prosper in order to rule them in abject poverty.

He said the district is endowed with an abundance of resources like fish and fertile soils but without good roads and railway network that used to facilitate trade in the region.

"It is our generation to gain our lost glory and the time is now, we either unite now or remain oppressed in our own country and that new Uganda is in us the youths", Kyagulanyi said attracting wild applause from the crowd that turned up to his rally at Pakwach town council.

He attributed the rampant unemployment of the youth to deliberate government refusal to retire the elderly and urged them to vote him to bring the changes.

YBwYouths lined up along the road as Kyagulanyi set foot in West Nile region.

Reactions from the public

Mr Robert Oyirwoth, a boda boda rider in Pakwach town council said the presidential candidate should prioritize vocational education that empowers the youths to create jobs. He said the youths also lack capital to startup businesses coupled with high interest rates on bank loans.

"His idea is pro youth but I'm challenging him to strengthen the vocational schools, he is talking of revamping the railway lines, will that have an instant impact on the youths? I doubt", he said.

Ms Kenyo Apio, a fish monger in Pakwach town council said the youth in the area are just lazy but agreed that the government is reluctant to skill them.

"I want him to address the issue of some rich people accumulating wealth meant to benefit the youth, corruption is another disease rendering our youth poor", she stressed.

However, Pakwach resident district commissioner (RDC) Mr Swaib Toko scoffed at Kyagulanyi describing his manifesto as a duplication of already existing government programs.

"We have initiated many programs and we are continuing to restore many, no government in the past had productive ideas to benefit the youth like us, to say we are deliberately making youth to remain poor is mockery", Toko said.

By press time, Kyagulanyi was expected to move to Nebbi and end the day’s engagement in Arua city. The independent electoral commission has set January 14th for the presidential elections.

Youths BExcited youth in Pakwach run to to welcome Mr Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu as he arrived in the West Nile region.