On October 10, 2023, the Minister of Finance, Planning, and Economic Development, Hon. Matia Kasaija, responded to a parliamentary request by agreeing to allocate Shs3 billion for the National Youth Council.
This commitment was made during a plenary session where the Minister of Gender, Labor, and Social Development discussed the National Youth Day celebrations. Kasaija expressed the importance of supporting initiatives that impact the nation’s future, emphasizing the significance of the youth. He pledged to work within his ministry to allocate the necessary funds to support the youth.
The Deputy Speaker, Thomas Tayebwa, urged the minister to prioritize youth-related issues and mentioned the upcoming elections, where seven million young voters will play a crucial role.
Although this funding may not address all the challenges faced by young people, it is seen as a step towards promoting inclusivity and showing respect for youth matters in the country.
In the midst of this, it was revealed that the finance ministry had reduced the budget of the National Youth Council by 80 percent, from Shs4 billion in the 2022/2023 financial year to Shs800 million in the 2023/2024 financial year. The Minister of State for Gender, Labor, and Social Development (Youth and Children), Sarah Nyirabashitsi, explained that the allocated funds were far less than agreed upon, affecting the support for youth executive committees in various districts.
The National Youth Day, typically celebrated on August 12, was postponed to August 18 this year.