Ofwono Defends M7 Cash Donations

Uganda Media Centre Executive Director and government Spokesman Ofwono Opondo has hit out at those criticizing President Museveni’s cash donations.

President Yoweri Museveni has in the recent weeks and months been touring former liberation struggle zones in a drive against poverty. These tours have seen him splash money on youth groups and veterans.

The most prominent donation being the Shs250m he donated at the handover ceremony of a new Executive of the Busoga Youth Forum at Kaliro District Headquarters three months ago. The president who is the patron of the youth group delivered the money in a sack sparking a row.

The new Chairman of the Busoga youth Forum carrying Shs 250,000,000 donated by President Yoweri Museveni to the youth group Kaliro district headquarters 3 months ago
The new Chairman of the Busoga youth Forum carrying Shs 250,000,000 donated by President Yoweri Museveni to the youth group at Kaliro district headquarters 3 months ago. This sack of money caused quite a stir.

This action and similar ones have caused unease in the country with many questioning why the president chooses to donate money in  the method a time when there are reports of unpaid salaries for civil servants.

President Yoweri Museveni handing over Shs50 million revolving fund for Dwaniro Veterans SACCOs from Kiboga district at State House Entebbe on 25/7/2013. PPU Photo.
President Yoweri Museveni handing over Shs50 million revolving fund for Dwaniro Veterans SACCOs from Kiboga district at State House Entebbe on 25/7/2013. PPU Photo.

Through his twitter account @ofwonoopondo, Uganda Media Centre boss Opondo defended the president saying no one would refuse the donation.

“Criticisms against President Museveni over cash donation unjustified: who wouldn’t accept?” Ofwono tweeted.

A screen shot of Ofwono Opondo's tweet
A screen shot of UMC Boss Ofwono Opondo’s tweet defending the president’s actions

Even though there was unease among members of the public with the president’s donations considering the plight of civil servants like teachers and police men and women whose salaries had been delayed, last week President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni ordered the Minister for Education Jessica Alupo to find a 20% salary increment for teachers in the next two weeks.

 

2 thoughts on “Ofwono Defends M7 Cash Donations

  1. once a herd’sman always herd’sman the man is still in the dark days he deosnt keep his money in the bank neither his minsters dont you remember the one for forestry with 900 millions under the bed.

  2. The man did not go to London school of economics to learn applied economics to transform Uganda through policies and programs, he wen to Luwero triangle to learn survival strategies in adverse conditions! What do you expect.

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