Dr. Sarah Sali Urges Youth to Form a Single Coalition

Written by: 
Tusiime Christopher


Dr. Sarah SSali a senior lecturer at the school of Women and Gender studies Makerere University has urged youth to unite and form a single coalition if they are to effectively communicate with government about their grievances.

Speaking at a dialogue organised by University Forum on Governance in partnership with International Republican Institute (IRI) and USAID under the theme "Youth participation National Governace: Consolidating the Gains and strategizing for the future," at Food science & technology Conference hall Makerere University, Dr. Sarah cited a lot of challenges youth are facing in the country and thereby advised them to get united so that their voices can be heard by the government.

"Creating a youth coalition is the way to go...youth make up 50% of the voting block and that is why everyone who able to get the youth support are assured of winning the elections." Dr. Sarah said.

Dr. Deus Muhwezi Kamunyu, the public relations officer Makerere University Academic staff association (MUASA) cited the youth inability to know what they want, a reason he insisted makes their efforts to effect governance of their desire futile.

He said that the youth should always endeavour to demand for accountability from the people they vote into and power. "The youth lack focus and general need to ask from government a reason I say they don't know what they want."

The debate heated up when the youth from different universities in Kampala including Islamic university Uganda, Makerere Business School, Makerere University, Mutesa I Royal University, took the floor to give their opinions. Many students condemned the Education system in Uganda, which is theory based than practical based, something that makes many to keep poor and unemployed since most of them are trained to be job seekers. This, they said, needs to be worked on by Ministry of Education and Sports because it has increased unemployment and it (Education system) cripples their efforts to come together and effect change because many are poor and this causes them to fall prey to money loaded selfish politicians who use them to win elections