Celebrations for the International Day of Older Persons are under way at Kumi Boma Grounds in Kumi. The theme for this year's celebration is "Economic Empowerment for Older Persons: The Road to Financial Independence".
The purpose is to recognize the contributions made by Older Persons and to create awareness among the public on the rights and needs of older persons. Furthermore, this is the day Government and other stakeholders take stock of what has been achieved, the gaps and possible solutions to address these gaps.
During the celebrations, the national roll out of the Senior Citizen's Grant will also be launched by the Guest of Honour, His Excellency the Vice President of Uganda, Mr. Edward Sekandi.
Other Dignitaries present inculde the Minister of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Hon. Janat Mukwaya; District Leaders from Kumi; Officials from the Ministry and the National Council of Older Persons; and Development Partners.