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Budget Day: Of Museveni and His ‘Envious’ MP Friends

President Yoweri Museveni speaking at the Budget presentation yesterday

The 2017/18 National Budget read yesterday by Finance Minister Matia Kasaija at the Serena Conference Centre was also largely a rib cracking moment.

First was Kasaija who opposition MPs disrupted time and again, this and every time he sought intervention of the Speaker of Parliament, pills Hon Rebecca Kadaga.

Then came President Museveni, who the MPs – strategically sitting across the podium – didn’t him either as he spoke.

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At one point, the opposition MPs led by Cecilia Ogwal and Odonga Otto accused Museveni of over staying in power but without offending them, the president responded to them. “Being jealous is bad. Some of these people are funny because when they see somebody who has lived long and has been in government for long, they become jealous,” Museveni responded to MPs sending everyone, including dignitaries into laughter.

In his speech, Museveni advocated for use if locally made products but he was again booed by the opposition MPs who asked him to lead by example.

This prompted the president to order for his locally made hat, shirts, boots and sandals.

“Being a bush man and with the mosquitos biting the ears, and the neck, I designed it to protect me from the bites,” he said.

He would then hand a pair of the locally made sandals to Arua Municipality MP. Ibrahim Abiriga.

Museveni said on a serious note that time had come for Ugandans to start supporting their fellow countrymen instead of foreigners.

“There is a lot of wastage yet we have markets where our goods can be sold,” he said.

On the economy, the president said he is sure the country is doing well and will continue on the upward scale.

“We should be like someone who gives birth to children who die but doesn’t give up. We shouldn’t give up. The Bible says they have eyes but don’t see. They have ears but can hear,” the president said of the opposition MPs. On security, h

On security, he said the country is safe adding that the installation of CCTV cameras will be of great help but this as usual met resistance from opposition MPs who shouted at him.

“I am always in the kitchen as you’re at the dining table eating,” he responded to the MPs. T

When the President attempted to make reference to the 1980s Kabamba Attack, the MPs diverted him, to the more recent Kasese Attacks, but he wasn’t to take that bait.

“Madam Speaker, these people want me comment on something which is sub judice. That matter is in court now. If you have evidence about Kasese, go to court and hand it in.”

The opposition MPs also shouted at Museveni for being a rebel which he never denied but prompted him into ‘lecturing ‘ them in war science.

“In war science we talk of a just war. If you fight and win, it is a just war and what I fought was a just war. The problem with you is that you always quick at drawing conclusions. “

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