December 7, 2021

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Besigye on Covid-19: state has no plan except stealing money

Opposition figure Kizza Besigye

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Opposition figure Kizza Besigye has spoken out on the issue of vaccines as the country targets to vaccinate 49.6 per cent of the population, which is about 21,936,011, in a phased manner.

“We have just gotten vaccines we bought this October. If we didn’t have people who pitied us, we would just be vaccinating our first person,” Besigye said Monday while appearing on NBS television.  

He said the country had planned targets.

“What were we going to vaccinate them with? I am very sure they don’t want to give people their NSSF money because they are hiking taxes. Is that the plan for Uganda to recover economically?”

He said this is ordinary common sense.

“If you are coming out of a disaster, you give relief. Once people have regained their immediate survival, then you plan how they emerge out of the crisis.”

He said the first step is to help them access funds.

Someone is emerging out of a crisis, and your first step is doubling taxes, threw a jibe at President Museveni’s government.  

“I don’t find it strange that we have managed COVID19. We live by the Grace of God. I think God has been gracious to Africa. The fact that we are a young continent, COVID19 affects the elderly. We survived by default.”

Because of living in adverse conditions, Africans have the capacity to fight back, Besigye noted, adding that other countries are planning.

“We have no plan. The only plan we have is to steal our money. Trillions of money were taken to State House from the COVID19 money for classified expenditure, and the public kept quiet.” 

“It became clear to me that we don’t have any money in our reserves. We had to run and borrow to deal with the crisis. We didn’t have a single bag of food. We had to borrow money and run around for suppliers to make arrangements. We are the country that doesn’t have emergency systems, whether it is ambulances or fire,” he revealed.

He said social security is going down as the country builds repressive security.

He said President Museveni is investing in building a wall around himself, not the public.

“That is why you see. Even RDCs have an army officer protecting them, MPs have security.”

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