KAMPALA — The State Minister of Finance for Investment and Privatization, Evelyn Anite Kajik has told youths in Kamwokya that they are jobless because the National Unity Platform presidential candidate, Robert Kyagulanyi also known as Bobi Wine asked investors not to come to Uganda.
Minister Anite who was the chief guest at an investment conference organized by Poor Youth Movement held at Kamwokya Catholic Parish asked the youths not to vote for Bobi Wine for President, after she branded him an enemy of peace and progress made by incumbent president.
“Don’t vote for him (Bobi Wine) because he don’t want peace. He went to America and said that people should not come to invest here. That’s why you don’t have jobs,” she said.
Hundreds of youths who attended the conference said they are jobless but rejected the version that its so because of Bobi Wine.
The 2020 conference focused on poor youth empowerment program and energizing community peace defenders committed to ensuring peace and non-violent activities in the community.
Last year President Museveni who is seeking a sixth term in office in 2021 after being in power for 34 years also called his major opponent Bobi Wine, and enemy of the country’s prosperity”, in an interview with the BBC.
“When you go and tell foreigners that they should not come and invest in our country, you are waging war on our prosperity. So why then do you want to come and take advantage of that prosperity?”
President Museveni said he still has unfinished business in Uganda as president and will only leave if asked to do so by his National Resistance Movement (NRM) party.
“My home is waiting for me, but we have issues as Uganda to deal with. It is those issues that make us do what we decide to do politically along with our colleagues. If the fraternity of NRM think that they no longer require the contribution of the elders then we will happily go and do other things.”
“We are not here for a show, we are not theatre goers, we are people who are here to deal with very big issues of Uganda and Africa.”
Mr Museveni said that he saw unemployed youth in Uganda not as a “threat but an opportunity”.
He added that there were unexploited opportunities in agriculture and IT which young people should be willing to go for.
“One of the issues is the mentality because some of the people are looking for white-collar jobs instead of looking for [other jobs], there’s commercial agriculture, there’s industries, factories and services and IT, we are deliberately working on them to create jobs for our people,” he said.
Meanwhile, Bobi Wine was in Koboko district where he asked the people to vote for the ruling party parliamentary candidate Dr. Charles Ayume who defeated Anite in the NRM primaries.
Following the massive support he received from Koboko, Bobi boasted on how the Koboko gate had been broken and is now wide open.