President Museveni has said because of too much freedom, Ugandans can afford to abuse him on social media and walk away freely.
Speaking to leaders in Bunyoro sub-region, Museveni said when the NRM government came to power, a lot of things had gone wrong and they had to embark on a minimum recovery program that saw the country recover.
“We have since moved in leaps and bounds, including strengthening our democracy. There is so much freedom now to the point that people insult the President freely on radios and social media,”Museveni said during the meeting at Kontik hotel in Hoima town on Tuesday.
A number of people have in the past been arrested and arraigned in court for abusing the president.
Last year, Suzan Namata, 21 was remanded for allegedly recording a video threatening to his President Museveni with her genitals if he didn’t release Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi who had been incarcerated.
Stella Nyanzi is battling cases in court related to abusing president Museveni and members of the first family.
These have been charged with cyber harassment towards the person of the president and offensive communication both contrary to the Penal Code Act.
Museveni told leaders from Bunyoro that the country is now moving on the right track but noted that due to limited resources, government cannot do everything at once.
“We must prioritize, handling the most pressing issues first, which we have done with electricity, roads, security, schools and hospitals among others.”
“We have developed but must now do more for wealth creation. The four major sectors to create wealth and jobs are commercial agriculture, industrialization, services and ICT. Leaders must help the population zero on which of these sectors best suits them.”
The president said he would put up a model farm in Bunyoro sub-region to help him demonstrate to locals how they can do small scale commercial agriculture and earn some money out of it and get out of poverty.
He asked local leaders to conduct surveys in their communities to find out the number of people living below the poverty line and how government can support them.
“Let us also discourage land fragmentation, protect the environment, especially wetlands and forests, to minimise effects of climate change. We shall also set up an industrial park for small scale industries in Bunyoro to create jobs.”