In a bid to tame the growing crime rate in the city engineered by infamous group, KIFESI, Uganda Police is partnering with popular youth group to crush the former.
As you read this, a campaign dubbed ‘Kibanda Activity’ organised by famous city dance group, KYUKA Youth Outreach is underway in most of the slums around the city. The slums are believe provide a safe haven for criminals.
KYUKA is an organization that aims at fostering moral, social and economic development within the communities through inspiring, naturing and developing young people’s talents in respect to music, visual arts, drama and sports.
According to Alex Mpaata, KYUKA’s Operations manager, the campaign’s focus is on children between the ages of 4 and 18.
Last weekend, the group was in Nalukolongo, a slum on the outskirts of the city.
“We target this group because it is vulnerable to evils like drug abuse, sexual reproduction challenges, child abuse. KYUKA advocates for these. We believe these children have a right to education, health, housing. Our overall goal is to deal with crime that gave birth to KIFESI,” Mpaata said on Saturday at an event graced by Kabawo Police Post OC only identified as Seiko and area LC chairman, Joseph Musoke.
Mpaata explained that as part if their activities, educative movies are showing and at intervals, one of their peer educators steps in to deliver inspirational talk to the young children.
“We also collaborate with Video Jokeys commonly known as VJs to help in addressing issues of child protection. The project is running for the next three years,” Mpaata revealed.
The Kibanda activity is not the only medium lined up as Alex explains.
“There is also a program called transition to rehabilitation, done at our offices and involves difference activities like dance classes, behavior change and counselling whose main aim is to rehabilitate children who have been intoxicated by the evils that dominate slums,” he said before adding, “The one fest event, talent search in given areas also gives us the opportunity to connect them to producers to exploit their talents further.”
He also revealed the existence of Flash mob which includes dance activity. In this, they storm areas and through dance unleash their message of change.
Community dialogues where they partner with stakeholders who include police, parents and exchange ideas is part of the process.
“We believe the community should provide solutions to problems, affecting them,” Mpaata explained. The other areas set to benefit from this program include; Lungujja, Natete, Busega, and Nyendo in Masaka district.
“Uganda should reach a point where the number of street children has drastically gone down leading reduced crime,” Alex concluded.
ERIKS Development, Smiling Faces Uganda and Jesus Worship centre in Natete are the other partners.