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Young Achievers Awarded Amid Calls for Empowerment

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“I have heard of your Vision to transform from a low developed to a middle income economy by 2017. For this to happen, there is a need for strategic investment in the young population,” he said.

Mr. Ncube made the remarks on Thursday during the 4th Young Achievers awards ceremony held at the Kampala Serena.

Kiwanuka and Nagginda at the function

The event also paid special tribute to the late Prof James Mulwana with this Year’s Lifetime Achievers award for his enormous contribution to the shaping of Uganda’s economic environment through business and the private sector.

While presenting the award to the Mulwana family, the Nabagereka of Buganda Sylvia Nagginda described her fallen ‘family friend and father figure’ as a patriot, who wished nothing but success to every Ugandan.

At the event, celebrated standup comedian Kenneth Kimuli aka Pablo scooped the Young Achievers award for the category of outstanding performing arts, thanks to his campaign against HIV/AIDS prevention dibbed ‘Zip up.’

The outstanding Sports personality award went to 17 year-old Phiona Mutesi who, from suburban Katwe has become an internationally recognized Chess prodigy.

Other winners included Gerald Abila for leadership and social enterprise, George Bakka for business entrepreneurship, Flavia Tumusiime for media and journalism while Eric and Rebecca Kaduru received the award for Farming and agro-processing.

The night’s highlight, however, was Ms Esther Kalenzi, champion of the 40 Days over 40 Smiles, a philanthropic initiative that has fundraised Sh70m over the last 20 months to support orphaned and disadvantaged youths, mainly via social media.

In her touchy submission upon being rewarded with the year’s Heroes Award, Kalenzi called upon Uganda’s middle class to also join in her latest campaign that seeks to give vocational training to hundreds of out-of-school young girls over the next two years.

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