President Museveni has ‘run’ out of the Source 21 COMESA International Trade Fair and High-Level business summit currently underway at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre, reportedly to dash back to Uganda and attend to is villagers with ‘one bedsheet.’
President Museveni was addressing guests during a panel discussion, when he excused himself to prematurely exit from the summit and return to Uganda.
“I thank you very much, His Excellency (Kenyatta) has allowed me to go and deal with our villagers who have got only one bedsheet. Thank you,” Museveni said as he gathered his notes and dashed out of the room.
President Museveni had been deliberating on under production and under consumption by Africans, urging that the continent needs to battle the bottlenecks.
“Africa is a continent of under production. I hear that in Brazil, production can go up to 80 tones per hectare of bananas but Ugandans can go up to 5.3tonnes. Secondly, Africa is a content of under consumption, recently I have been moving around the villages that is why I am rushing back.’
‘I was telling Mr so and so and his wife (some times the wives are many) but even if the wife is one, this couple has 10 children, so I was telling them that if you have 10 children, you should be having 40 bedsheets because each child needs 4 bedsheets, two on the bed and two washed to replace the others. So I asked how many bed sheets do you have? Some families have one bedsheet,”
‘You can catalog the under consumptions in terms of meters of textile, the steel used in housing, for example, I am a man of milk, so I know the under consumption of milk. In 1986, Ugandans were drinking 18 liters per person per year, now they have improved a bit and they are drinking 60 liters per year, yet WHO (world health organization) says you must drink 210 liters,” Museveni said.
On further emphasizing his point on under production, Museveni said that even with USA’s African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), which gave Africa 6500 products to enter the America market tax-free has failed to benefit Africa because they have failed to hit the targets.
“I think this (AGOA) is the greatest thing the west did for Africa in the last 500 years. But we are not able to take advantage of it because of the bottlenecks,” Museveni said before dashing out of the room.
The president would 45 minutes later land at Entebbe airport to proceed to Nakaseke where he is currently holding a wealth creation campaign rally.