African leaders have been challenged to empower youth financially in order to encounter the increasing cases of violent extremism across borders which have resulted into loss of lives and economic retardation.
According to Col Okei Rukogota the Director of Counter Radicalization under the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence ,youth have been lured into extremism because of being financially handicapped and the sporadic advancement of new technology in the world.
Col Rukogota noted the countries should come out to create more jobs, industries and there is a need to involve youth in economic empowerment programs.
He made the remarks on Friday during the inauguration of Federation of Ntungamo Muslim Community Development Association an umbrella of more than 70 community development associations in all 11 Muslim counties in the district and commissioning of the restarting of Kemishego Secondary school in Nyamunuuka Town council Kajara county Ntungamo district.
Col Rukogota appealed to Ugandans to maintain peace that is prevailing in the country if they are to accumulate wealth saying that peace and wealth are like twins.
He commended the government of Uganda for empowering youth through youth livelihood programs warning them to avoid being hoodwinked by selfish people to lure them into violent extremism.
Col Rukogota also launched Ntungamo main Mosque Community Co-operative Saving and Credit Limited.
The Ntungamo district Kadhi Sheikh Swalleh Kashangirwe hailed the government for supporting all people regardless of their religions.
Sheikh Kashangirwe also thanked all Muslims for the cooperation which has enabled Kemishego SS to be revived since its closure in 1990s.
He thanked the Kajara County MP Michael Kamugisha Timuzigu for the contribution towards the construction of the class room block which housed three classes.
Kemishego SS is an O’ level mixed day and boarding school having started by parents in early 1980s to cater for a number of children in the area.
Earlier at press briefing held at Ntungamo Resort Hotel, Col Rukogota was welcomed by Mayor Jacob Kafureeka who applauded the security forces for the peace in the country.
Other speakers were Valentine Twinomujuni from the office of the first lady, chairperson Nyamunuuka Town council Sadarah Kahindi among others.
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