President Yoweri Museveni has urged journalists to think beyond the small things of today and think about the future.
“For me, at 71, I don’t have many years to live,” he said at a joint press conference with Kenya deputy president, William Ruto held at Kapchorwa State Lodge on Wednesday morning.
“I always wonder, do these journalists grow sweet potatoes?”
Museveni was upset about journalists who he accused of “just writing rumors”.
Museveni said even the reports that Ruto is interested in Ugandan/NRM politics is ‘another rumor’.
Museveni said the election will be on February 18, 2015 asking Ugandans to stop speculating.
He said Ruto’s presence in Uganda is to confirm and underscore partnership between Kenya and Uganda on projects that will brings region’s people together.
Museveni said years ago, he worked with Arap Moi [former Kenyan president] to tarmac Mbale-Kapchorwa road.
“I used the money Kenya was supposed to compensate us.”
Saying it was not his job to disarm the whole of Africa, Museveni said he managed to disarm the Karimajong and as a result, the Pokot in Kenya are no longer crossing into Uganda to rustle cattle.
“The NRM government using the army has disarmed cattle rustlers who held over 40,000 guns. What we have now are land wrangles.”
Museveni said his government is now attracting companies that are building electricity dams but warned them against corruption.
“We don’t want these foreign companies to come here and offer bribes. That should stop.”
He said Uganda could end up with about 60MW from this side [Kapchorwa] alone.
Museveni said his government now has a bit of money and with it, has worked on some roads.
“We are building a coffee processing plant in Namanve. We will no longer export our coffee unprocessed.”
He praised himself for building “a very beautiful State Lodge” for the Sabiny and promised to de-gazette the national park and resettle people.