Museveni not moved by football’s biggest competition

Wednesday June 23 2010

By David Mafabi


Although majority of Ugandans are excited about the World Cup, President Museveni says he is not excited at all, let alone watch the beautiful game. The President said he would instead use his time valuably to move around the country to mobilise and sensitise Ugandans on how to fight poverty at their homesteads and how to change this country from a peasant economy into a modern one.

Mr Museveni, who is on a five-day tour of the eastern districts of Butaleja, Pallisa, Busia, Tororo and Budaka to popularise and promote governments Prosperity-for-All programme, urged Ugandans to stop taking alcohol, gambling and watching football to join him in the fight against poverty.

The five-day programme is aimed at improving household incomes and promoting modernisation of agricultural through the NAADS programme. “Somebody recently asked me about who had won World Cup,” the President said recently in Paliisa. “I was amused and I asked him who had qualified or whether the competition was finished.”

The President also said he was invited to go and watch football in South Africa and refused because “I know football”. “So I decided to visit my people to teach them how to fight poverty at households to make Uganda a better place for us to live in. And you must know how to use your time valuably,” said President Museveni. He also advised parents to tell their children not to waste time watching World Cup. “Teach them about National Agricultural Advisory Services programmes and farming. This will help change this country not,” he said.