President Museveni on Wednesday told youth in Jinja district to stop sleeping in bars and eating too much pork after they allegedly asked him for Shs10m citing their worsening economic situation.
The president was meeting with the executive leadership of the National Youth Council in Jinja District.
During the meeting, he urged that while “we must protect our cultural heritage from Western Influence we should change our mindset as citizens and choose to abandon the traditional methods of working for only ‘the stomach”.
He said the West doesn’t have spectacles to see the difference between a woman and a man.
“They are sick. The culture heritage must be maintained but others like our traditional subsistence methods that have claimed over 68% of the population, must be changed.”
“First, we need to improve our social discipline specifically by reducing our expenditure on luxuries, big parties, and the likes; if you don’t have money, what money do you spend in bars?”
He added: “You go to bars and they are full, you go to where they are roasting pigs and the places are full.”
Museveni said this is social indiscipline and it is part of the problem the country is facing.
He said youth can start by being economically parsimonious.
He said the government is ready to support youth who will form Saccos to engage in productive activities.
“Youth should know that when speaking to me, they are speaking to someone who was once a former youth. I was a youth but extraordinary youth, who was better than my elders at the time.”
Museveni preached a change to modern methods of farming when people in Ankole still believed that commercial farming was only for the elite.
“This is what I am asking of the youth today, start by changing your general attitude, then change that of the youth you lead.”
He added: “Even if it means sensitising the people on changing to the money economy through Twitter. I can also tweet and I will be there tweeting with you.”