The Minister of State for Relief and Disaster Preparedness, Mr Musa Ecweru has said that Acholi elders are to blame for the over two decades of brutal war and the continued lack of progress towards the reconstruction of the region.
The minister made the remarks during the international celebration to mark United Nations’ 68 Birthday, themed “promoting youth engagement in recovering northern Uganda and promoting good governance,” which was held in Gulu Municipality.
‘‘The adults are responsible for causing all the chaos and violence that happened here yet they blame the youth for failing to achieve in life amidst the difficulties, this is very absurd,” the minister said.
Ecweru said that the increasing number of youths in unemployment, who do not engage in any meaningful productive activities is a recipe for disaster.
Ecweru said that after the turmoil that embroiled northern Uganda, women were left to toil as bread winners as the men and abled youth become idle and dependant on the women, creating more conflict at family levels.
He said that government was ready for any disaster that may befall the region.
“I promise to respond swiftly to any emergencies that befall this region,” the minister said.
The Deputy Mayor of Gulu Ms. Pauline Lukwayi said that with the return of peace in Acholi sub region, the youth need to engage in agricultural and other income generation activities.
“I understand that it is not easy for the youth who have spent their entire life redundant in the camps for 25 years to all of a sudden actively get involved, it takes time and we have to work with them,” she said.
The UN resident coordinator in Northern Uganda Ms Alunna Aziakonwa said that their funding is now directed towards development activities rather than humanitarian relief, and the youths should be part of that development agenda.