In the recent days, Uganda has been a wash of the iron sheets saga that involved many cabinet ministers to the extent that one had to be remanded to prison.
The president while responding to commentators on social media who accused him of “massaging” those involved in the scandal said it is wrong for politicians to try to do “cheap popularity” by donating to their constituents which he said is not sustainable.
“Those who diverted the mabaati but not for personal use, must pay back the equivalent value in money or return the mabaati for the Karachuna, so that, that programme goes on,” Museveni said yesterday.
He further said that these end up with debts and desperate efforts to look for donations, efforts that can lead into mistakes of being tempted to divert what is meant for A to B.
“On many occasions, I have told leaders not to try and carry their Constituents on their heads financially (kubetikka) but show the families how to use the NRM programmes (NAADS, OWC, PDM, etc.) and make their own money. Kukulembera, si kwetikka abantu.”
The president however went had on officials including ministers who shared and used the Karamoja iron sheets for their own benefit.
According to those in the know, several other ministers will sooner than later be charged over the same scandal.