A journalist working with Uganda’s leading tabloid Red Pepper has his eyes set on the ruling party, NRM job on the national level.
Mr Farouk Twesigye says he is running for NRM National Youth Council Publicity come 2016 elections.
If elected, Twesigye will be occupying the office of David Kabanda who is now aspiring for Youth MP Central, an office occupied by Hon Patrick Nakabale.
Why he wants to stand
Twesigye has a simple manifesto: to be the voice of the voiceless and to help youth start their enterprises instead of being enslaved by others so.
Twesigye already owns a company, Fatwes Solutions, that skills youth job creation and self-employment.
His company organises Business & Enterprise Start-up Tool clinics conducted that charges Shs 10,000 (for buying raw materials) to help youth live on the work of their own hands rather than wait for donations and small bribes from politicians.
“If you cannot look after yourself, you will be given a gift that looks like you. If you look like a half a kg of salt or half a bar of soap, that is what you will be given,” he said.
He adds: “When you start your own enterprise, you will have a greater wealth potential than when you have a job.”
Twesigye encourages the youths to believe in themselves, listen to their voices and have the confidence required for self-emancipation.
He warned the educated youth who despise going into business that if they did not take the message seriously, they should be ready to be employed by less educated youth who get started in business immediately after attending the skilling clinic.
“Poverty starts from the mind. The most important source of capital is your brain, so the excuse of lack of capital doesn’t apply to those determined to prosper and transform their lives.”
Fatwes trains youth to make soap, petroleum jelly, hair shampoo, envelopes, candles, school chalk etc.
“Did you know every year Uganda produces 400000 graduates a year and only 90000 jobs are created every year by Uganda investment authority? So every year we have 310000 graduates unemployed. Be your own boss by starting your own small scale/home based factory and start earning money right away,” he advises.
A journalist working with Red Pepper, Twesigye is also a former Lyantonde youth chairman.
He was born on February 12, 1988 in Kabare at Kabungo Katenga in Kigezi region.
His parents later migrated to Lyantonde town council in Kabula constituency.
He has worked with youth in different regions especially western Uganda.
He is passionate about seeing Ugandan youth free of poverty, free of diseases like HIV/AIDS.