Museveni, MP Mpuuga Clash Over Wealth Creation Activities

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Official handover of Nyendo Market turned into a platform for political bickering between President Yoweri Museveni and Masaka Municipality Member of Parliament, Mathias Mpuuga.

Official handover of Nyendo Market turned into a platform for political bickering between President Yoweri Museveni and Masaka Municipality Member of Parliament, Mathias Mpuuga.

Museveni was in Masaka on Friday to officiate at the handover of Nyendo Market where 
MP Mpuuga used the occasion to question President Museveni's rationale of distributing citrus fruits to Masaka farmers with the aim of enhancing their wealth. Mpuuga said Museveni and the army officers involved in distribution of seedlings under the Operation Wealth Creation (OWC) are wasting farmers' time and energy.

He noted that during the National Resistance Army rebellion, Masaka farmers contributed hugely to the survival of the rebels with their savings under Masaka Cooperative Union, but that ever since the president came to power, he has never paid them back.

Mpuuga further told Museveni that it was belittling for his government to give orange seedlings to people that were very rich thanks to the then flourishing coffee and banana plantations.

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In his response Museveni acted as if he didn't know Mpuuga and asked the gathering who he was.

Museveni said Mpuuga, MP Florence Namayanja of Bukoto East and Norbert Mao the DP president were using their party as a platform for politicking. 

He noted that when he realised that DP was no more, he abandoned it and moved on and later became a fighter to liberate this country. Museveni has on numerous occasions said he was a member of DP as a young man until mid-1960s when he abandoned the party.

Museveni told Mpuuga that although he is a member of parliament for Masaka Municipality, he does not know this greater Masaka very well.

The president who spent about 25 minutes of is 45-minutes speech responding to Mpuuga, summoned a team of UPDF soldiers involved in OWC to explain the kind of seeds they give to farmers.

He also said he is not aware farmers who lost their money in the defunct Masaka Cooperative Union have not been paid adding that he is going to follow up the matter.

Museveni finally said he is happy construction of Nyendo Market is complete and will employ hundreds of people.

John Ssendago, the Nyendo Market Association Chairman said they are happy they are starting to use the market. He has however asked Museveni to give their association some money to boost their financial muscle.

Nyendo Central market was built by Ambitious Construction Limited at the tune of Shillings 13 billion under the Markets and Agricultural Trade Improvement program- MATIP.


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Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

Bindhe says, "My work reflects the Uganda Radio Network unique approach to news." Not many Ugandan journalists would consider or even notice the re-emergence of Water Hyacinth on a lake. Bindhe does.

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Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.