FDC candidate, Kizza Besigye, says he will be selling off Presidential Yoweri Museveni’s jet once he is voted into power in 2016 elections.
Speaking at a rally in Agago district in northern Uganda, Besigye assured voters that he would auction the jet that cost Ugandan tax payers’ Shs 88.2bn to the highest bidder.
The Gulfstream V replaced the Gulfstream IV which was bought at Shs 60bn in 2000.
Besigye who was escorted by FDC president, Mugisha Muntu and Ogenga Latigo, said the money from the jet would be given to the country’s poor.
“We must stop the wastage of money in government. Museveni bought an aeroplane that sits at Entebbe doing nothing and waiting for him to travel abroad.”
Besigye said as if that was not enough, there is a pilot, engineers, those who serve food all working on the same plane but most of the time, they are at home “eating” free tax payers’ money.
“They [crew] are in their homes eating your money.”
“As soon Museveni goes,” Besigye said, “it will be on the market.”
Besigye also promised to fire Resident District Commissioners [RDCs] saying they are not doing much but enjoying a lot of benefits.
“The RDC gets a salary of Shs 3m, housing allowance of Shs 4m and free vehicles. All these must go.”
Besigye asked the people of Agago not to vote corrupt people into power.
“Examine them [candidates] for signs of corruption.”
He also decried the increasing unemployment saying Uganda has become a country of jobless citizens.
Besigye broke away from NRM in the early 2000s accusing Museveni of diverting from the core principles of the liberation struggle in which he served as a doctor.
He stood against Museveni three times [2001, 2006 and 2011] losing all to the incumbent.
He is now running for presidency the fourth time in 2016 general elections.