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Oyam residents pledge to support age limit amendment

By Eddie Ssejjoba

Added 10th November 2017 12:39 PM

The residents want the Government to grant them a district and include residents on the Social Assistance Grant for Empowerment (SAGE)

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The residents want the Government to grant them a district and include residents on the Social Assistance Grant for Empowerment (SAGE)

Betty Amongi hands over household untensils to women of Loro. Photos by Eddie Ssejjoba

Residents of Loro and neighbouring areas in Oyam district have pledged to support the age limit Bill that will soon be tabled in Parliament.

They have, however, asked the Government to respond to their demands, which include granting them a district and including the residents on the Social Assistance Grant for Empowerment (SAGE) that gives monthly allowances to the elderly people in the community.

During a consultative meeting at Loro sub-county headquarters in Oyam South Constituency convened by lands minister Betty Amongi, residents asked the Government to grant them Aber district.

Residents of Loro in Oyam line up to receive transport allowances after attending the age limit consultative meeting

Rose Firida Acheng, 79 said that elderly people in the area feel cheated missing out on the SAGE money, yet their counterparts in other areas were getting the money.

Other demands included more sub-counties; more roads and more projects to enable them generate income to get out of poverty.

Amongi, who was received by jubilating women carrying tree branches said she decided to support the age limit Bill because she wants the NRM government to continue funding more development projects in her area.

Women carrying items donated by Betty Amongi

She said if she opposed the Bill, she would risk missing on the many projects she has been lobbying for her area.

She assured the residents that they would get the new district they have been demanding for.

She reminded the residents that the Government had constructed the Karuma Dam in their area, which she said would provide them with hydroelectricity.

She said plans to set up an industrial park in the area were in final stages, which would give jobs to the young people.

“Do not be fooled into entering war with the Government, the decision to remove President Museveni from power will be with your votes, but not this Bill and supporting the bill does not mean you are voting for Museveni to rule for life,” she said.   

Among used the sh29m money meant for consultations to facilitate residents with transport. She also handed over household utensils to a group of women to boost their income-generating projects.

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