By E K Benj Updated at 2134 EAT on Saturday 09th October 2021
KAMPALA- The Lord Mayor of Kampala His Worship Elias Lukwago and the Executive Director of Kampala Capital City Authority- KCCA Ms Dorothy Kisaka have agreed to establish an office KCCA where older persons in Kampala will have representatives.
This was disclosed during celebrations to commemorate the International Day for Older Persons in Kampala at City Hall Gardens on Thursday.
In her remarks, Ms Kisaka commended The Lord Mayor Hajji Elias Lukwago, the RCC Kampala, Deputy Lord Mayor, division Mayors, Directors at KCCA, technical staff and Members of the council for older persons both at City hall and divisions and other guests for convening to mark the day.
The International Day of Older Persons is celebrated on every 1st of October with the aim of raising awareness about various issues affecting elderly people. The day, culminated from the Vienna International Plan of Action on Ageing, which was adopted by the 1982 World Assembly on Ageing, and endorsed by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly on December 14, 1990, as the International Day of Older Persons.
Kisaka said, Kampala Capital City Authority joins the rest of the world to commemorate the International day for older persons under the theme; DIGITAL ACCESS FOR ALL AGES; a tool for inclusive development. “As you have heard from the MTN official, it is important that our older persons be sensitized about digital access in order to ensure that development efforts do not leave them behind. I wish to thank the representative from one of our development partners – MTN for sparing time to come and sensitize the leaders of older persons in Kampala here today.”
She added that the major objectives of this commemoration in Kampala are to swear in the members of the council for older persons in Kampala both at the Authority and division levels, create awareness about the rights of older persons in Kampala, advocate for digital access for older persons as a tool for inclusive development in Kampala.
Kisaka also said that the establishment of the council for older persons at National, district and lower Government levels is provided for under the National Council for Older Persons Act, 2013. Part IV (20) of this Act provides for the composition of this council both at the Authority and division levels.
She added that this council has not been operational both at City hall and in all divisions. However, the electoral commission conducted elections of members to this council. “Efforts have been made to appoint the EX- Officialmembers to this committee both at the Authority and in Divisions as provided for in the Act. I am pleased that members of this council have been sworn in during this event so as to operationalize the council for older persons in Kampala.”
The AG. Director Gender, Community Services & Production highlighted the interventions being carried out to address some of the challenges faced by the older persons in Kampala. Very important, is the Implementation of the Senior Citizens Grant (SCG). She noted that KCCA started the Social assistance Grant for Empowerment (SAGE) in the FY 2019/20 and will continue implementing this program where each older person (80 years and above) receives UGX 25,000 per month payable after every 6 months. This money has proved to be of great assistance to our older persons and we thank Government for this consideration.
Kisaka said that KCCA is committed to implementing all the Government programs to make Kampala a Vibrant, Attractive and Sustainable city. Digital access is key for inclusive development and called upon the older persons and all the people in Kampala to make use of the services provided by our development partners in this sector so as not to be left behind.
She congratulated the members of the council for having been elected both at City hall and in divisions and for having been sworn in. “This marks the operationalization of the council for older persons in Kampala and I look forward to working together with the council members as we strive to address the issues of older persons in Kampala.”
In his speech, Lukwo said the UGX 25000 is not enough for the older persons proposing to be raised to at least UGX 100,000.
Lukwago quoted a law requiring the establishment of older persons committee and an office at KCCA which Kisaka promised to be done while addressing the media shortly after the event.
Deputy RCC for Lubaga Hudhu Hussein called upon Lukwago to return to NRM since he was a cadre at one time. He was disappointed that his Collegue recently joined a pressure group with opposition figures like Rt Col Dr Kizza Besigye to oust President Museveni.
Lukwago however responded to the RCC “I won’t join NRM because it left its ideologues like Rule of Law.” He amused the elderlies with NRA songs they used to sing while still students.