The 4th Annual International Leadership Conference ended in Kampala on Friday evening at the Imperial Resort Hotel Entebbe. To open the conference was the Speaker of the National Assembly RT. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga who urged government to put in place a mechanism to create jobs for the young people in the country. The conference had a series of programmes starting with training for the Guild leaders of different universities in the country and a leadership photo exhibition at the MUBS Annex Bugolobi. The discussion shifted to Entebbe where over 35 papers were presented on issues to do with empowerment.
There was a political summit where different political leaders including Dr. Abed Bwanika, Hon. Micheal Mabikke and Hon. Matembe presented their impressive suggestions on what to do for youth in the country if they were in government. Veteran politician Kivenjinja won the hearts of the audience for the having not been corrupt. The conference was attended by delegates from Tanzanian, India, South Africa, and the United States.
The presentation evolved around youth issues including unemployment, social problems, vocational training, drug abuse, unwanted pregnancies among other youth challenges. Col. Kulaigye was present talking about the role of the youth. Prof. Maggie Kigozi in her charismatic manner gave some sound advice to young people on how to manage their lives. Leading academic, Prof. John Munene in a key note address lambasted government for not engaging the academia in research that would enable government to evolve policies for national development.
The MUBS Guild President Acak Pasquine addressed the conference on challenges of students in universities and veteran student leader Patrick Ezaga talked about how youth in rural areas can be assisted to change their lives. Prof. Balunywa the Principal of MUBS thanked MMUBS for providing an opportunity to discuss such topical issues. He said that the time of the youth was now, not the future and that they must get involved in the decisions that affect them. He hoped that the discussions will be focusing on the challenges of youth empowerment especially educating the youth and creating high value jobs for them.