The District chairperson Kabarole Mr.Rwabuhinga Richard wants the talented youth to embrace drama as a way of fighting the high rate of unemployment in the country.
He said, “Youth unemployment is high in Uganda but this can only be solved if the youth become innovative and engage in music, dance and drama”.
Mr.Rwabuhinga who doubles as the secretary for Education and Health, was speaking at the launch of PLATFORM for the NEEDY (PLANE) Bahemuka drama group video titled: “ My Fate” at Gardens Restaurant in Fort Portal on Saturday 11th February 2017.
He says, “One is only poor when he chooses to be poor. This is reflected in the My Fate Video where one family chooses to be in abject poverty and domestic violence while another chooses to be in peaceful environment and prosperity”.
The district chairman commended PLANE BAHEMUKA for the innovation that supports the vision of Fort Portal realizing the city status and also the dram addressing issues in real life situations like Domestic Violence, HIV/AIDS, corruption, education among others.
The Chief guest Col.Robert Mugabe of Bunyangabu county pledged to partner and work together with PLATFORM for the NEEDY to spread the gospel against Domestic Violence and HIV/AIDS in rural areas.
The bishop of Rwenzori diocese Rt. Rev.Reuben Kisembo Amooti in his speech read for him by the diocesan HIV/AIDS Coordinator Rev.Sarah Kakyo observed that HIV/AIDS has caused Domestic Violence in families and killed millions of people.
He says as Christian leaders, they are hurt when they see HIV has continued to infect and kill thousands of educated youth who would be leaders of tomorrow thus cautioning them to refrain from immoral acts.
The Director PLANE Mr.Ainganiza Steven Wadell revealed that the association formed this drama group to spread the gospel against domestic violence and HIV/AIDS that are rampant in the region.Mugisha says My Fate video produced in Runyoro-Rutooro Runyankorre-Rukiga is aimed to reach the message to the rural population.
He revealed plans of using the drama approach to penetrate in all sub counties in the Rwenzori region to sensitize the people on these issues so as to have attitude change.
The chairperson LC3 West division Mr.Muhumuza Richard observed the need for leaders and other people to be on board because they learn many issues that affect them socially,economically,politically and spiritually.
Catherine Kemigabo the District Health Educator Kabarole argued the people especially married couple to embrace the campaign of testing together, know together and disclose together. She revealed that HIV/AIDS is still a big challenge in Kabarole with the prevalence now standing at 11.3% thus commended PLANE for sensitizing the people about the disease through drama and outreaches.
Over 100 people received free family planning services, HIV/AIDS counselling and testing and cervical cancer screening during the launch.
PLANE addresses issues of Domestic Violence, HIV/AIDS, Reproductive Health, Human Rights Advocacy, Governance and Democracy.