President Museveni has allayed claims that members of his family and clan have amassed a lot of wealth through looting the country’s resources.
Responding to questions and comments by his followers on Twitter and Facebook, Museveni said the narrative is full of lies and that it should not be believed by any sane person.
“Horan Nsubuga is saying my clansmen have grown wealthy by stealing and not by engaging in wealth creation through commercial agriculture, industry, services, ICT. Mr. Nsubuga, I bought Rwakitura in 1967. Whose money could I have stolen then? What power did I have,” Museveni wondered.
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He explained that the development of cattle corridor areas that include Ankole where he comes from started way back in 1966 and that it has continued adding that before 1986, none of his “clansmen” was in power.
“Which clansman of mine was in power, then, to steal government assets, oil money, mines money, donations from abroad? The people of Kalangala have woken up and are earning good money from the project of palm oil that we gave them. Are they my clansmen,” he noted.
“The people of the remote Bundibugyo are earning good money from coffee and cocoa and want to start a chocolate factory. Are they my clansmen? Some families in Masaka are earning good money from coffee because they have listened to our advice. Are they my clansmen? The People of Nwoya, some of them working with entrepreneurs from outside, are transforming that area with huge modern farms. Are they my clansmen?”
Museveni insisted that many Ugandans have continued to lag behind partly because of their negative attitude towards work whom he branded as false prophets.
“It is partly the likes of Horan Nsubuga that divert our people's attention. It is caused by "false prophets”. Jesus faced the false prophets and the Pharisees. So shall we, the false prophets.”
He cited an example of claims that he has land in Rwakitura near the state lodge but he dispelled it as unfounded rumours, adding his land is in Kisozi in Ssebambule district.