Wealth Creation tours are a wastage of tax payer’s money, says Forum for Democratic Change (FDC).
Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party has criticised President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s Wealth Creation project saying it’s wastage of tax payer’s money, which will lead to the creation of poor and vulnerable society.
In a media briefing on Monday 22rd at the weekly press briefing at the party’s headquarters in Najanankumbi a Kampala suburb, FDC spokesperson Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda said that the money used in this Wealth Creation campaign by president Museveni should instead be used to eradicate poverty in Ugandan societies
“While officially Mr Museveni allocated himself a whole 31.6 billion shillings for inland travel under vote 002 (State House) during the financial year 2018, he processed through parliament an additional shilling of 17.5 billion to specifically finance these useless campaign tours,” Ssemujju said.
He adds that president Museveni asked for 15.7 billion shillings for classified expenditure for his House in the May 2019 supplementary request.
“This means, he has officially spent shillings 33.2 billion just on tours in three months. Of course, everywhere he has gone, he has been bribing councillors with shillings 300.000 transport refund who in return are required to pass a resolution declaring him sole presidential candidate/life president,” Ssemujju said.
Ssemujju also said that Museveni’s Wealth Creation tours are 2021 election campaigns.
And according to him other Operation Wealth Creation programmes like the “Entandikwa Scheme, Modernisation of Agriculture and Prosperity for All (Bonna Baggagawale)” which were launched on June 9th 2014, five (5) years ago, did not yield any good result and this latest programme will also be like the former programmes.
“This is because the aim was never to help the population out of poverty. Today, more than 70% of the population is still producing for the stomach (subsistence),” Ssemujju said.
Achievements of operation wealth creation in Uganda
Ssemujju however, advised President Museveni that he would instead invest the 33.2 billion shillings into agricultural Bank to benefit every farmer.
The existing problems affecting their production that has led to low and poor harvest like processing facilities, inadequate storage, limited access to market, inadequate credit facilities and water for their crop production.
“There is limited access to market, poor and inadequate storage and processing facilities just imagine if we put that money to facilitate all that, but the man is spending it on touring,” Ssemujju said.
Relatedly, Ssemujju said the only successful project in Uganda the NRM government has generated is the two most successful farmers and that’s Salim Saleh and President Museveni.
“That’s why President Museveni keeps on talking about his farms in Kisozi or Rwakitura and now Saleh has one farm in Nakaseke. To do farming it requires a lot of investment and Museveni uses public resources to do farming.”
In his further remarks, Ssemujju issued a warning to Uganda Electoral Commission Secretary, Sam Rwakoojo, to stop accessing that office because his term of service ended.
“Rwakoojo is still presiding over activities relating to the next elections which are against the laws of the constitution governing Electoral Commission (EC). We want to warn EC boss to refrain from accessing office since his contract expired,” Ssemujju said.