Uganda President Yoweri Museveni says there is nothing keeping him in power other than a battle against poverty and a quest for the welfare of his people.
“There is nothing big I am looking for in leadership” the 30-year ruler said, adding that “I only want to see people getting out of poverty and able to take their children to school and have enough food to sustain their families,”
Museveni who came into office in 1986 through a guerrilla war won another five years term of office through highly disputed polls in February 2016.
The 72-year-old leader said he has fought a lone battle to improve the welfare of Ugandans as technocrats and politicians who would have helped him are engaged in self seeking and fighting him.
“If some other leaders had come out to join me in fighting poverty, this country would be very far. But I am alone…” Museveni told journalists during a visit to a rural community in western district of Rukungiri.
“Everyone else is silent, they are concentrating on other issues and some are fighting me,” he added.
Although government figures indicate that poverty has fallen below 30% in the last 20 years, unemployment, urban poverty and low agriculture productivity has risen due to dependency on weather and use of rudimentary farming tools.
A hungry nation?
Local media has previously reported that 45 districts across the country are facing a food crisis and a disaster for the whole country is looming should September to December planting season fail.
Already, 1.3 million people are reported to be in urgent need of food aid. Residents of the western district of Isingiro according to the Daily Monitor newspaper are starving to death in a hunger crisis attributed to drought.
The nation’s northeastern Karamoja region is the worst hit with two in three people having access to only half a meal or less per day, Christopher Kibazanga, minister of state for agriculture, said in an e-mailed statement from the capital, Kampala.
The current dry spell ravaging the country is blamed on climate change brought about by among others things; deforestation, wetland degradation and burning of fossils into the atmosphere which warms the earth, according to environmentalists.
As a result of this changing climate, most farmers across the country have registered massive crop failures in the two rainy seasons that Uganda experiences between March till May and September to December with long dry spells scorching away crops and creating water and pasture scarcity which has resulted into livestock death.