NRM Deputy Secretary General, Rt.Hon. Rose Namayanja Nsereko, challenged young people to believe in themselves if they are to succeed in the current political environment.
“Don’t worry about what other people think of you. It’s about your confidence and the potential you have. So if you want to be a leader anywhere, it’s all about confidence and self-esteem,” Rt.Hon.Namayanja said, adding, “Before someone sponsors you, is up to you to open those doors.
Yesterday, she was giving a keynote address to young people on the theme of “Breaking Barriers” at an inaugural National Symposium for Youth in Politics at the Mestil Hotel in Nsambya.
Regardless of political leanings, young people should have something to fight for rather than just slogans.
“Strive for higher leadership positions to enrich your knowledge and also expand services to the underserved in communities to win people’s hearts,” Namayanja added.
She revealed that some senior leaders “may fight to bring you down, especially those in your district or region because they perceive you as a threat to their political survival; you must stand your ground and never be intimidated”.
She also urged young leaders to have a goal and strive to achieve it.
“Teach yourself public speaking, goal setting and other essential attributes of exceptional leadership,” Namayanja told the youngsters.
The two-day symposium was organized by the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD) to amplify the voices of young people in the search for coordinated, coherent and effective solutions to the obstacles that hinder effective youth participation.