Government has pledged to take full responsibility on any Ugandan national who clocks 100 years by granting them absolute access to health, economic and all their social needs.
President Museveni made the commitment while speaking during the celebrations to mark 100 years of Rwot Anania Akera, the Bobi clan chief in Acholi in Gulu district over the weekend.
He urged the Youths to emulate Akera by desisting from Smoking and drinking alcohol but focus more on hard work, taking time off to rest, eating and drinking healthy.
President Museveni says that his father, The Late Amos Kaguta who died at 97 could have lived longer but spent most of his early life smoking cigarette which was a daily poison in his life.
Chief Anania Akera who was one of the great commercial farmers in northern Uganda supplied Uganda’s 30% of tobacco to the regional markets; he also was involved in cattle farming before the insurgency.
The deputy speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulannya says that the president can make an administrative or executive order on the decree. He says the cabinet will conduct a consultation and draft a way forward on the commitment made by the president.
Meanwhile elders have asked president Museveni to reconsider putting the age limit of 80 years instead of 100 as many Ugandans cannot reach that age. By 2011, the lifespan for Ugandans was at 54.07 years.
Professor Okot Bwangamoi, a lecturer at Gulu University says that not many people will benefit from the scheme, since majority of the population do not attain that age due to poverty.
Bwangamoi says Akera had resources like land, capital and finances which sustained him over the years yet several elders in northern Uganda from the age of 70 are suffering with health difficulties and frustration since their animals where lost during the war.
The Arch Bishop of Gulu Archdiocese John Baptist Odama welcomed the scheme saying that elders will benefit from it and also encourage many people to strive and reach that life through living a purpose driven life. He says many Ugandans die early because of Irresponsibility