Opinion: Yoweri, isn’t it weird that a “fresher” could afford to buy a farm?
If my memory servers me correctly, the year of 1967. President Yoweri Kagute Museveni started his studies in Dar Es Salaam, in the United Republic of Tanzania. Me as a student myself, wasn’t right nor wealthy. Unless, you had some relatives donating you a farm or giving you land.
However, you say as a new student and as a youth. Your where capable of buying a farm. Sorry, brother, but I am not buying it.
“Horan Nsubuga is saying my clansmen have grown wealthy by stealing and not by engaging in wealth creation through commercial agriculture, industry, services, ICT. Mr. Nsubuga, I bought Rwakitura in 1967. Whose money could I have stolen then? What power did I have” – Yoweri Kagtua Museveni (17.08.2019).
One thing not adding up:
“His new palatial home at Rwakitura is seen as his castle. And he certainly treats it like one. He makes a point of inviting foreign royalty, while they are visiting Uganda, to meet him there” (GRACE PATRICK KARAMURA – ‘THE INTERPLAY OF CHRISTIANITY, ETHNICITY AND POLITICS IN ANKOLE, UGANDA, 1953-1993’ December 1998).
Hope Kivengere reports: “Kampala — In his article “Paying For Africa’s Presidential Home” (The Monitor, Nov. 27), Abel Munanura wanted to know whether Rwakitura, President Yoweri Museveni’s home, was a state lodge or a state country home like Chequers in Britain or Camp David in the US. He also wanted to know who maintains Rwakitura and who feeds visitors who go there. Munanura also wondered why there is security maintenance at Rwakitura even when the President is not there” (Kiyengere – ‘Uganda: Government owns latrines only in Rwakitura’ 11.12.1999, Daily Monitor).
Secondly after his time at the Dar Es Salaam University, he got the job as Assistant Secretary at Research at the Office of the President, where he joined the General Service Unit, which was a part of the Intelligence Community until the coup of 1971. This means he had the job for briefly over a year from 1970-71, as he studied in Dar from 1967-70. The same time he should have the capacity to pay off the farm. Secondly, he also only had a minor job in the Foreign Affairs, before Obote gave him a better job in 1970 after graduating.
Therefore, with all of this mine, I will debunk this. I don’t see how a student, who got the scholarship thanks to the goodwill of Obote sending letters to Nyerere. Secondly, how he would manage to get the funds to purchase it, while pursuing his studies. Where he started law, but ended up with political science instead.
We only got words, but its all a bit sketchy at best, that a new fresher, a student of Suubi kind get the ability to buy a farm at this time. That’s just me though. Unless he inherited it from his family or grabbed the land. That seems more likely, than a poor student buying a farm. Peace.