Members of the East African Legislative assembly have thwarted a proposal that sought to significantly increase the Youth representation at the regional bloc’s parliament.
Hon Jean Claude Barimuyabo had moved a resolution urging Partner States to ensure elections of youth to EALA and National Assemblies, however, it was withdrawn.
In his resolution Barimuyabo had urged the EAC Partner States to allocate special slots for the youth in the election of Members of National Assemblies.
“The youth constitute 63% of the total population of the East African Community and as such it is important to have the representation of this sizeable percentage of the population at the East African Legislative Assembly and National Assemblies”, Hon Barimuyabo said.
The EAC Youth Council Bill, 2017 moved by Hon Susan Nakawuki, is premised on Article 120 of the EAC Treaty and seeks to implement the EAC Youth Policy 2014 which is an integral part of the 4th EAC Development Strategy 2011/2012 – 2015/2016.
The Bill recognises that Partner States have diverse laws and policies regarding the youth in their territories.
The Bill which sailed through the First Reading of the Assembly in May 2017 attempts to uniformalise the laws and regulations pertaining to youth in the Community.