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Bigirimana: Youth Are My Priority At Gender Ministry

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“We need to bring the youth together in different groups and educate them on self-help projects. The youth need attention and this I want us to achieve,” he added.


Meanwhile, the National Youth Leadership has welcomed Bigirimana’s appointment, saying this will not only help “us to network and mainstream youth issues in all government sectors but we also find him as a strong ally in our youth advocacy with a passion on issues affecting young people.”


National Youth Chairperson, Samuel Kavuma, also disassociated the group from the “sentiments” of UWONET which had earlier opposed Bigirimana’s new appointment.


“We were not part of their arrangement as it was reported, and fortunately after receiving the information of the transfer of Mr. Pius Bigirimana to Gender, we quickly started our research. We have made our investigations on his track-record and established that his reputation is impeccable, and makes him the right candidate for the Ministry and we greatly thank the President of Uganda for deploying him in our Ministry,” said Kavuma on Monday.


“Our research revealed that Mr. Bigirimana has worked in the Ministry of Justice, Education, Office of the President, , Public service, Health and Office of the Prime Minister, which gives him a wide experience in both central and local government,” added Kavuma.


“His record on working with young people was seen when he designed the NUSAF-2 which has a special component focusing on youth affairs, for instance the Commonwealth Northern Uganda Youth Center in Gulu which has been established under the project.”


FIGHTING CORRUPTION

The youth leader elaborated that in fighting corruption, it is Bigirimana’s role as a whistle-blower which led to the on-going investigations at the OPM.


“And as it is emerging, his expose has also helped the government to uncover a syndicate between the Treasury, Bank of Uganda and Ministries to siphon public funds. This is now helping the government to clean up its control mechanisms, particularly the Integrated Financial Management System which fraudsters have been using to steal public funds.”


The youth leadership contends Bigirimana’s experience in the public service would transform the Gender Ministry.


In 2007 while in Ministry of Health, Bigirimana initiated a special Monitoring team to monitor and investigate the leakages of government drugs in all public health facilities, leading to the arrest of thieving doctors and other personnel.


“Bigirimana also rebranded and cleaned the Ministry of Health after the Global Fund saga and convinced donors to renew funding in the health sector and also facilitated the prosecution of several Health workers who were involved in siphoning government drugs,” said Kavuma.


“He fought ghost health facilities which were constraining Primary Health Care (PHC) through leakage of funds for the Essential Drugs Program (EDP). These drugs were supposed to be given out to 3 traditional medical bureaus which include, Uganda Catholic Medical Bureau (UCMB), Uganda Protestants Medical Bureau (UPMB), and Uganda Moslem Medical Bureau (UMMB).”


The Youth leaders said they were comfortable and confident working with Bigirimana as the Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Gender which is the line Ministry on youth affairs and we equally wish to advise UWONET to go ahead and carry out their research which could inform them about his track record that we are sure could allay their fears.”


“Bigirimana is a stand-out global technocrat on Monitoring and Evaluation. He was recently hailed by the United Nations Evaluation Group where he represented UN Member States and made a practical submission about the Indicators developed over time to assess service delivery in Uganda,” added Kavuma.


“This is a generation of young people and we need those who can move towards identifying the avenues through which we could uplift the plight of Young people. The Gender docket is one of the least funded Ministries and we expect government to focus on youth development programs in the 2013/2014 financial year budget with at least a 60 percent allocation on youth employment,” observed Kavuma.

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