By Charles Kakamwa
THE energy minister, Daudi Migereko, has commended the scoutsâ€™ movement for embracing self-help work and helping the needy.
â€œSuch spirit will help us develop. I implore you to be at the forefront of cleaning and beautifying Jinja town especially as the country prepares to host the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting later this year,â€ he urged.
Migereko the chief guest at celebrations to mark 100 years of the scoutsâ€™ movement in Uganda. They were held at the Jinja mayorâ€™s gardens on Saturday.
The mayor, Muhammed Baswale Kezaala, had earlier flagged off the scouts who participated in a cleaning exercise of the town. He was concerned about the reluctance of the residents in maintaining hygiene.
â€œsociety has become irresponsible! People expect me to clean their backyards, yet when the council has swept the roads, they litter them,â€ he lamented.
The Jinja scouts association chairman, John Ndiko noted that scouts from the district emerged first in the country last year.
He said they has made friends with scouts in the United Kingom, who helped them establish a camping site at Buwenda in Jinja.
Students from several schools in the district attended the celebrations.