NewsEast & Horn AfricaCriticism and admiration over Museveni's cash in sack donation


Posted on Friday, 30 August 2013 13:33

Criticism and admiration over Museveni's cash in sack donation

By Godfrey Olukya

Ugandan President museveni has been criticised for dishing out cash in sacks to supporters on rally groundsMembers of Uganda's opposition have criticised President Yoweri Museveni for allegedly moving around with sacks of money, which he gives to supporters who attend his political rallies, but members of the ruling, NRM have defended their leader, saying it was a reflection of transparency.


Museveni has in the past few months increased his visits around the country, as he seeks to escalate his fight against poverty.

But the president has been accused of dishing out money to supporters at rallies.

Among the accusations, are claims that Museveni has also been giving out envelopes with money to dancing groups and entertainers in addition to promising to sponsor several projects and activities.

People are now lured to his rallies as they think he is going to give them free money

A dramatic incident reportedly took place in eastern Uganda, Busoga region in April when he parcelled out a sackful of money to youths leaders in the area.

NRM has no denied this, instead they argue that the money was meant to go to youth groups towards the creation of income generating activities.

Observers say that no sooner had the president left the rally grounds than a fight broke over the money, attracting police intervention.

Wafula Ogutu, spokesman of the main opposition party, FDC, has since condemned the act, saying it was unbecoming of the president to move with sacks of taxpayers' money.

"It does not make sense for a head of state to carry large sums of money to rallies. There are more civilised means of delivering the money," said Ogutu.

Simon Okello, an opposition politician, was more critical in his comments over the matter.

"Museveni has ruled Uganda for more than 20 years and somehow his popularity has decreased," he said.

"He moves with sacks of money to buy popularity. People are now lured to his rallies as they think he is going to give them free money."

But Museveni's supporters have begged to differ, with Eastern Uganda youth Member of Parliament, Peter Ogwang arguing that it is the only way to make sure that the money is delivered to beneficiaries without going through people who will divert it.

"The president has been always sending money to youth groups but it does not reach the intended beneficiaries," he said.

"There is nothing wrong for the president to carry the money to the beneficiaries and physically hand it to them."

Ogwang said the move by the president to deliver the money to the right people publicly has been politicised, although it was intended to cure corruption among youth leaders.

He said that he had a meeting with Museveni Busoga youth at State House and it was agreed that the money be given out publicly so that someone is held accountable if it went missing.

Also coming to Museveni's defence, NRM chief cadre, Chris Mwesigye said there was nothing wrong with what the president was doing, as long as the money got to its intended beneficiaries.

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