The rates of child births in Uganda should be of major concern
At this year’s International Community of the Banyakigenzi Convention (ICOB), held August 2014, from Washington DC, I was one of the guest speakers.
I presented a paper titled “the impact of high population growth on youth entrepreneurship in Uganda.”
I elaborated the socioeconomic imperatives of Uganda’s high population growth rates and called on the Government to urgently promote family planning services nationwide.
My presentation was met with checks and balances by some high ranking politicians that included Hon. General Jim Muhwezi Katugugu, who echoed that he considered Uganda to be underpopulated.
The General Muhwezi reiterated that Uganda’s geographical size was almost the same size as that of United Kingdom, which has a population of 64.1 million, nearly twice (36.9 million) that of Uganda.
Indeed, I implored UK’s population density to be 264 compared Uganda’s 153 people per square kilometer, which shows Uganda to be less densely populated than UK.
This far, I agree with Muhwezi, who in addition, challenged the ICOB audience never to lose sight of the progress the current leadership has brought to Uganda over the last 30 years.
However, comparing Uganda with United Kingdom presents to us the popular puzzle of likening apples with oranges. Uganda’s Gross National Income (GNI) per capita per person is $1,140 whereas Britain’s is thirty times ($35,800) more.