KAMPALA —President Yoweri Museveni has boasted of sticking to local indigenous foods since childhood— cautioning Ugandans for whom he is the President for 33 years, on what to eat.
Mr. Museveni made the revelation on Tuesday, November 26 as he officiated at the FAO-China tenth anniversary at the Speke Resort Munyonyo where he also told guest that “our indigenous crops are more nutritious than your crops. ”
“I’m 75 years but I don’t have pressure, I don’t have diabetes, I go to good gyms and I eat our indigenous foods,” he said.
“I eat nutritious foods, cassava, Millet and bananas. We have good bananas here,” he said.
“I don’t eat those manufactured things. Junk foods, I don’t eat bread. I hear it has gluten. Gluten is not good for the body,” he said adding that he’s 75 years but still steady because of the local nutritious foods.
At the same event, Mr Museveni also blasted national organising team of the high-level event for failing to market Ugandan foods to delegates.
Turning to Luganda, Museveni told Mr Vicenet Ssempijja who is the Agriculture minister to immediately ensure that delegates are served with local bananas during the conference and other local meals.
“You minister, why don’t you give our guests what we have ?? Naye muli awo mu makooti! Hmm, [your just there in your coats],” he said adding that “this is our chance to market what we have”.
He told delegates that when it comes to agriculture, they are in the right place because the natural climate allows Ugandans to grow crops twice a year because of the abundant rains.
“Even without irrigation. We can grow crops twice a year on rain-fed agriculture,” he said noting that this is not the case with other parts of the world.