Museveni defends Shs2m pledge to malwa groups


President Museveni

President Museveni has defended his promise to give women who are struggling to make a living through brewing malwa (local crude brew) Shs2m per village in the 112 districts to boost their business.

Museveni made the promise while campaigning in Amudat District in Karamoja sub-region a week back.

According to analysts, the President will spend at least Shs1.6 trillion to meet the promise to the malwa groups in about 82,920 villages across the country.

The Shs1.6 trillion for the malwa groups would be equal to the total amount allocated to Defence and Security ministries in the 2015/16 Budget and half of the budget for the transport sector, the highest funded segment of the budget Shs3.3 trillion, according to Daily Monitor.

Museveni defends himself

Addressing journalists at Soroti State Lodge on Tuesday, Museveni said opposition members criticizing him for promising Shs2m to malwa groups were not on the ground.

“Opposition is criticising me but they are not on ground in villages.”

Museveni said he is not stupid and doesn’t drink but is aware some many Ugandans do.

“This is a useful government. Those saying it is useless don’t know what they are talking about.”

He added: “These people (opposition) say everything can be done at same time. That doesn’t make sense. We need to prioritise.”

Museveni said for example in 1986, government was collecting Shs5bn in taxes.

“Today we collect UGX13,000bn. We have the money to compensate veterans. We have been putting aside UGX 20bn for cattle compensation. We need UGX400bn.”

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