The Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Rt.Hon. Jacob Oulanyah has advised a team of experts from the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to consider creating new structures to combat violent extremism in the region.
The team, which comprised of experts on countering violent extremism from Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, Uganda and representatives from the Office of the United Nations Representative had called on the Deputy Speaker to seek views on creating an effective strategy to counter violent extremism in the region.
“How are you going to develop structures that are neutral and impartial? I would propose a new framework altogether to deal with this extremism,” Oulanyah opined.
Oulanyah also blamed violent extremism on youth unemployment and urged the team to not only focus on the manifestations buts also on causes of extremism.
“The youth majority of whom are unemployed are the raw materials from which extremists are recruited,” Oulanyah said adding, “Many youth walk along Kampala streets with no food, no jobs, nothing and all they are waiting for is something to happen.”
Dr Simon Nyambura, who led the team, said they are consulting to develop a framework that can effectively address concerns on extremism so that it may all be brought to a halt.
“We are consulting on regulating and countering violent extremism in the region and we have nominated a team of experts both locally and internationally to develop an effective strategy to fight extremism,” Dr Nyambura said.
The team, which had earlier on met the First Deputy Prime Minister, Gen. Moses Ali and Internal Affairs State Minister Hon. Obiga Kania were set to consult with civil society organisations as well as to inform their study.
They also promised to conclude their field work in time and produce a comprehensive report that will be employed by IGAD to fight violent extremism.