KAMPALA – Mukono Municipality MP Betty Nambooze has said the ruling party led by President Museveni has turned the whole country into a ghetto.
Speaking in an interview on Monday, November 11, 2019, Ms Nambooze said the current has no plans to economically empower the people.
“The whole of Uganda today is a ghetto. President Museveni has put the whole of Uganda into a ghetto. If you look at Kampala, President Museveni has disempowered the elected leaders of the city. Whatever is being done in the city isn’t done to better the lives of the people,” she said.
The legislator was reacting to President Museveni’s appointment of Buchaman as his presidential advisor on ghetto.
But Ms Nambooze said this appointment is deceptive.
“The NRM government has no deliberate plan to address issues in the ghetto. World over, managers are talking about ethical city management, a project that puts people first before anything else. This government has never come out to tell us the number of jobs they’ve created in the recent past. We must address crime deliberately. He is promoting Buchaman, the model of the urban poor youth he is giving to our people. When interviewed, Buchaman said marijuana was medicine,” she added.
“What President Museveni is doing is to confuse the leader of the urban poor, a man who is a symbol for the youth, the urban poor and a full generation of people. He’s now attacking Bobi Wine with a mission of creating a mirror image sort of leadership. He wants to step aside and see Bobi Wine fight with fellow musicians,” she added.
However, Dr Kenneth Omona, the NRM Deputy Treasurer, disagreed with Ms Nambooze.
“Today, what we know about the ghetto is a misconception. We’ve now made ghetto mean a lifestyle. NRM is already skilling very many young people in town. We’re not going to accept to be diverted by people like Nambooze who are waiting to develop the ghetto. I promise that we’re going to identify many projects to transform the lives of those who live in the ghetto. After skilling them, we shall inject money to help them start, we’re using people like Catherine Kusasira and Buchaman to reach out to these people. Our work isn’t too propagate ghetto life,” he said.