UCU student is the new National Youth Speaker

Our Law student, Allan Abenawe, is the new Speaker of the third National Youth Parliament.

Allan was recently elected through a scientific election process where he emerged victorious with 96 votes. We caught up with him and he shared his aspirations and experience at Uganda Christian University.

 

Who is Allan Abenawe?

I am son of Mr. Wilson Bwebare of Byanamira, Kashongi, Kiruhura District. I studied at lypa Integrated Primary School, Mbarara High School and joined Uganda Christian University (UCU)

I am currently in third year, studying Bachelor of Laws. I have served as a Residential Assistant at UCU, I am the Member of Parliament for Law Faculty and also Speaker of the 22nd Guild Government.

My leadership at UCU inspired me to run for the position of national youth speaker because it opened this opportunity, and being a person who desires fundamental change, I realised that this is one of the avenues I can use to effect the change that we want.

How did you feel when you vied for this position?

I was a little nervous at the beginning but being a Christian leader, I held the belief that leadership comes from God and that if the position is mine, then I should not fear. The process was authentic and online. I polled 96 votes and my nearest challenger got 71.

How has UCU experience contributed to your victory?

Studying at Uganda Christian University has shaped me into a better leader.  One of the values I cherish at UCU is Christian leadership, to the extent that I have changed from self-centeredness to being community centered. I no longer represent my own belief but majority views. UCU has provided me with social capital which significantly influenced my election.

What are some of the challenges you will address?

My aspiration as the National Youth Speaker is to transform the lives of my fellow youth. I will use the available platforms to air out our challenges such as unemployment, limited youth participation in politics, the increasing cost of education in the country, unfavourable tax policies and sexual abuse among others. I will engage concerned parties so as to find lasting solutions to these problems.

Any word of encouragement to fellow students?

We are the change we desire and this means that we should not take the back seat. Let us utilise all opportunities available through hard work and resilience. Nobody will change your life unless you take a step!

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