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Kawempe youth protest high unemployment rates

Youth protest high unemployment rates in the recent past. File photo.

KAMPALA–The Police have on Monday blocked a group of youth from Kawempe division, who were protesting the high unemployment rate in the city.

Police were able to block the group at Wandegeya Traffic lights, as they moved towards the city centre.

The group first held a mini-rally at Wandegeya Market, from where they attacked President Museveni and his government for failure to address the unemployment in the country.

“The jobs in Kawempe division are taken by people who reside out the division. Even KCCA youth funds are swindled. This is why we want to meet the President at State Lodge, Nakasero,” said Ronald Seguya, one of the group leaders.

Seguya added that they petitioned the Gender ministry over KCA funds but are yet to get any response.

After addressing the youth at the market, the group started to move towards the city centre but was intercepted by heavily armed police personnel.

Some protestors were arrested while others fled. Those arrested are still detained at Wandegeya Police Station.

The protest follows complaints from the State minister for Youth, Florence Kiyingi, who decried the manner in which Youth Livelihood programme funds are handled.

Kiyingi was forced to petition the IGG’s office to investigate the gross violation of the programme. According to Kiyingi, in Kampala city,many fraud cases are more common in Rubaga division.

In 2014, government injected Shs265 billion for the five-year project to empower the youth poor and unemployed youths.

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