Times for Ugandans have changed over the years as the video footage that emerged today on social media depicting the Head of State, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni merrily handing out biscuits to roadside children in the rain has sparked outrage from the Ugandan community.
The President Museveni recently embarked on a wealth creation tour around the country in a bid to reduce the unemployment levels has been to a number of districts including Kasese where he met with a number of locals and discussed the various ways Ugandans could be taught and equipped to be self reliant and create wealth.
However, images that surfaced today online have brought about a reaction from Ugandans contrary to what was expected from this Wealth creation tour. This is largely due to the contrast between the head of state who was heavily guarded from both the rain and the locals and the ill dressed children he served biscuits who also seemed cordial and unfancied by the president’s biscuits that were served from a trash can.
The scenario has been described as pretentious by Ugandans since the biscuits wouldn’t even satisfy a hungry dog let alone bring a solution to the dire situations in which so many of them live. The faux pas is further mitigated by the irony of the Presidents power or availability to change the lives of not only the children by the roadside but those of many Ugandans living in impoverished communities across the nation.
This was also echoed by other critics online who described the event as near comical and out of touch with Uganda’s reality. ‘#Ugandan president: #Ugandancitizens. He is under an umbrella: They are in the rain. He has shoes on: They are barefoot. He’s giving them biscuits: The biscuits are in a trash can.’ said a one Jennifa Ochwo, whilst a number of other online users continued to ridicule the act of charity by calling for the creation of a ‘Ministry of Biscuits.’