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Discussing Active Citizenship with Youth in Kisenyi II Parish

Kweeta Uganda, on Saturday, 25th August, 2018, held its quarterly Content Sharing Café at the parish hall in Kisenyi II under the theme: Active Citizenship. In attendance were youth, local council leaders, KCCA counsellors from two of the ten villages of the parish, Kakaajo and Kasaato.

Caroline Bankusha, Community Development officer and Lead Coordinator, Graca Machal Institute on What it means to be an Active Citizen.

The concept of Active Citizenship was explored in detail as involvement of people in the affairs of their local communities and overall democracy and good governance at all levels. It involves challenging the status quo to achieve best practice in leadership and service delivery and expressing dissatisfaction with systems of governance so they work better for the community. The challenges the community grapples with, understanding of active citizenship, local leadership, role of citizens in the development of their community were discussed at length.

It was a full house at the Kisenyi II parish where the residents gathered to discuss Active Citizenship.

The residents of Kisenyi II cited theft, rape, police impunity, drug, alcohol abuse, poor sanitation, illiteracy as the key issues they are faced with. Joseph Ichumar, LC II Vice Chairman mentioned substance abuse, in the form of consuming Jet Fuel as the biggest threat to the health and productivity of youths in the community as it further exacerbates delinquency and violence.

Local Council Chairperson, Mariam Kasigwa urged the residents of Kisenyi II to embrace the spirit of Active Citizenship to better their community. She encouraged the youth to work tirelessly in combating substance abuse and promoting peaceful co-existence. Furthermore, she cautioned the young people in the community to have respect for authority at all times.

One of the participants raises a question for the LC leaders

The content Sharing Café was concluded with a commitment exercise, where all the participants were asked to make pledges towards being active citizens.

Nankya Fatuma makes a commitment to take better care of her self.


ichumar Patrick makes a commitment to remain a good leader.


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