Uganda’s Minister of Microfinance, Haruna Kasolo, has advocated for the introduction of a law permitting the physical discipline of lethargic individuals, stating that it would motivate them to engage in productive work and attain prosperity.
He emphasized this proposal while addressing members of the Kayunga Muslim District Sacco during a meeting at the district headquarters. Kasolo expressed disappointment with the mismanagement of Emyooga funds in the Buganda region and highlighted the program’s success in western Uganda.
The minister stressed the significance of embracing a saving culture and donated Shs1m to the Sacco. He pledged to conduct a nationwide monitoring program for the Parish Development Model (PDM) and warned of legal consequences for officials found embezzling funds. Kasolo urged residents to adopt a saving culture to enhance their economic well-being.
The meeting also focused on the principles of Islamic banking adopted by the Muslim Sacco, highlighting profit sharing over interest. Kasolo addressed misconceptions among Muslims, urging participation in programs like Emyooga and PDM. Sulaiman Madada, a Muslim leader, emphasized the financial inclusion benefits of Islamic banking and outlined the Sacco’s five-year strategic plan for income-generating projects.
In the context of poverty affecting over 18 million Ugandans, Kasolo’s proposal of allowing individuals to be “beaten so that they can learn how to work and become rich” adds a controversial dimension to the government’s ongoing efforts to uplift its citizens.