Ugandan president’s #sackofmoney causes uproar on social media

Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni donation of USh250 million (US$100,000) to a group of youth in Busoga without saying how the money would be used has caused uproar on social media.

President Museveni also donated a truck, a minibus and 15 motorcycles to the group, but many on Twitter have complained over the increasing cases of the president dishing out money at public events, with the amount of money this time round proving particularly shocking.

The donation even generated a trend – #sackofmoney – where many Twitter users have questioned whether the group can ensure proper accountability of the funds.

Many complain such actions are a display of corruption among the political class in Uganda and how they have constantly manipulated the population.

The donation has not escaped the international media either, with Al Jazeera discussing the issue on its daily 30 minutes programme ‘The Stream’, which involves the online community.

However Uganda’s minister for the presidency Frank Tumwebaze defended Museveni in an interview with the BBC, saying the funds are to be used for income generating activities.

“Quite a few times people have requested the president for money and have stolen it. Giving it in broad daylight means that the youth can see who has their money. The president is not taking the money to Las Vegas, he’s supporting income-generating schemes,” said Tumwebaze.

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