Museveni is Broke, State House Reveals

State House has revealed that there is no money for president’s travels barely a month after presidential elections.

Lucy Nakyobe, the State House comptroller told parliament budget committee that the money allocated to presidency was spent during the presidential elections.

President elect, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni
President elect, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni

State House is asking for 70 billion shillings as a supplementary budget to fund the presidency up to June.

Lucy Nakyobe said during elections, president Museveni made many travels inlands due to four rally per day programme which required vehicles, fuel and staff moving with the president.

“We don’t have money and we need money to run until June,” she said. “There were so many travels inland. The president had four rallies every day and you all know it.”

She noted that President Museveni has become a victim of begging culture that is taking roots in Uganda. Nakyobe said president Museveni donated a lot of money for sports activities and to sick people who wanted to go abroad for treatment.

A study funded by Democratic Governance Facility (DGF) and conducted by Alliance for Campaign Finance Monitoring (ACFIM), a loose coalition of CSO activists advocating increased transparency in the practice of financing political parties and election campaigns in Uganda in January revealed that Museveni had spent Shs27 billion.

It is not clear how the National Resistance Movement (NRM) raised the money.