The speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga has called on the young generation to be involved in the formulation of East African federation. She made the remarks while speaking to the school youth that gathered at parliament for the National schools debate championship 2015.
Kadaga says that the youth make 73% of the East African population and their involvement is key in planning and is crucial for the East African countries. She says that the land locked countries like Uganda have a lot to achieve in the East African community integration, more than the non-locked countries in the region. She however decried the bureaucratic tendencies by some of the member states to deal with issues which delay the integration which include tariff barriers.
The students called for the removal of the EAST African community Summit and be replaced by the East African youth council. The students say that the East African youth council will see to it that the issues concerning the youth in the region are worked on quickly and have each country vote one youth to represent the country in the council.
Four schools which include Mengo SS, Trinity college Nabingo , Iganga SS and Kiira college Butiiki reached the semi final while Kiira college Butiki reached the final round.