Lango paramount chief Okune has cautioned people to avoid being extravagant.

The Lango Paramount Chief (Won Nyaci) Eng Dr. Michael Moses Odongo Okune has cautioned sons and daughters of the soil to avoid indulgence in social issues and extravagant lifestyles while serving in public offices.

Okune notes with concern that quite a number of people who once occupied big offices in the civil service and political offices are living miserable conditions with poor accommodations because of poor planning.

This after reports emerged that some of the people who worked in big civil service and political offices earning good salaries with corresponding allowances and benefits are now languishing in poverty.

There are also numerous examples where such people end up miserably without the basic necessities of life because they led reckless lifestyles and forgot to plan for their retirements.

According to okune many people now spend a lot of time exchanging words with the youth on local radio stations and on social media platforms like Facebook and Whatsapp because they have no meaningful economic ventures.

‘… start as early as possible to save, however little, get some side income to supplement your salary, plant trees, engage in some agriculture or farming activities and avoid extravagance…”,Okune urged

The statistics, age structure in Uganda between 2011 to 2021 shows that about 45%of the total population were aged 0 to 14 years,53% were aged 15 to 64 years and 1.7% were 65 years old and older.

Okune also urged men in their mid-50s to change their lifestyles by avoiding initiating new relationships or marriages, borrowing loans and some funny habits which carry a lot of unnecessary pressure.

He asked retired public officers to avoid the temptation of seeking fresh leadership positions through elective politics, cultural institutions or religion, among others which will only exacerbate their health.

“…remain an elder and opinion leader because at 65 years and beyond, you no longer have the stamina or mental strength to compete with the energetic and dynamic youth…”,he warns.

Okune also encouraged children to take care of their ageing parents and guardians who have been weakened by some terminal illnesses saying they sacrificed so much to make them become responsible citizens.

“…it’s regrettable that some children spend years in towns and cities while others live abroad enjoying while the parents who made them are starving and dying in agony…”, he observed.

He has asked children who are now adults to forgive their parents or guardians and reconcile, if there were some bitterness caused by some who could have abandoned their mothers to bring the children singlehandedly.

By Arao Denis

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