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He said this has stoked the fires of poverty and sparked the massive closure of local businesses.
The professor was speaking during the weekly popular Pan African Club debate at Seascallope in Kamwokya, Kampala.
“You people of Uganda, I don’t like you. I hate you with a passion because you refuse to buy beans from your own people and instead go to supermarkets to buy tinned beans, beef, rice from Mauritius, leaving our own from Mbale shops,” he charged.
“And from there you say you are a diplomat because of buying from supermarkets?! Do you become a diplomat by denying your own economy? Your level of understanding is really unfortunate!” he said, sending the audience into rib-cracking laughter.
Nuwagaba was discussing the economic crisis in Africa and the way forward.
During his presentation, Nuwagaba was interrupted by a member who asked the Professor to analyse the impact of high levels of corruption on Uganda’s economy.
The member cited Premier Amama Mbabazi who has been named in several corruption scandals.
“By the way Amama Mbabazi is my relative. He grew up from our home in Rukungiri and our mother used to advise us together with him. So he can’t claim that he was trained how to steal by our mother. Our mother never stole anything,” he said.
Nuwagaba called upon government to reign in on the corrupt to save resource flow from public coffers into the hands of individuals.
He said corruption was bleeding the economy.
Other speakers on the forum included Capt. Awitch Pollah from UN’s Children Affairs, former Political Intelligence Chief Hon. Charles Rwomushana and James Kashaya among others.
Former Kamwenge MP Aspirant James Birungi Ozo, warned Uganda was on the verge of collapse if the ruling NRM party continued condoning corruption.
Ozo gave an example of Presidency Minister Kabakumba Matsiko who reportedly stole UBC radio equipment for her own Kings Fm in Masindi district.
Pan African Club is a public debate for intellectuals who gather every Friday at Seascallope to discuss issues that affect the African continent and seek solutions.
The debates are always moderated by Andrew Irumba, an executive member and human Rights activist.