President Yoweri Museveni yesterday handed out 36 brand new vehicles to various heads of cultural institutions, and Muslim leaders in the country.
The president was discharging a pledged he had earlier made to the leaders to help support the running of their institutions.
Those that received the vehicles at State house in Entebbe included 11 District Khadis, Kings, Community leaders, Mutesa 1 Royal University, groups of farmers, families and individuals.
The motor vehicles according to State House offices included Toyota double cabins Tractors, Coasters, Fuso Lorries, Tata Lorry and Pajeros).
The President also held a meeting with Diocese Heads of production departments of the Catholic Church, led by Arch Bishop of Kampala Cyprian Kizito Lwaga at his country home in Rwakitura.
At the meeting, Museveni urged the Catholic leaders who are on a poverty fight sensitization tour of Masaka and Nyabushozi, to guide the faithful on modern and commercial agro-production in order to eradicate poverty from households.
The Catholic Church leaders had earlier visited different model farmers in Masaka and Nyabushozi before meeting at my home in Rwakitura.
The President’s common practice, of handing out vehicles to religious and other heads of institutions has over the years been lambasted as a form of corruption by some critics.
Former Kampala Anglican Bishop Zac Niringiye has often accused the president of silencing the clerics’ resistance voices with the cars.
The bishop said fellow clerics are refusing to speak out against the Museveni regime’s excesses because they have been bought.
Because Museveni has been giving them cars and other handouts [money] they have all gone silent. It is as if they don’t see the wrongs happening in our country. They have been silenced by his offers,” said Bishop Niringiye at a religious conference some time back.