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Netizens Roast Minister Okello Oryem For Saying Ugandans Dying Of Hunger Are Idiots

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Ugandans have taken to social media especially on X formerly Twitter to express their disappointment and are roasting Foreign Affairs Minister Henry Okello Oryem for saying that Ugandans who die of hunger are idiots.

The minister who said out his mind in an exclusive interview about the just concluded Non Aligned Movement (NAM) and G77+China Summits which the country hosted last week, claimed there’s no way a Ugandan can die of hunger with all the abundant rains, good weather and fertile soils.

However, Oryem who has occupied the same position of State minister of foreign affairs for the last 20 years is on the receiving end with some Ugandans claiming the former first son is not connected with the reality Ugandans go through, not even those in his own district of Kitgum whom he represented in parliament until 2021 when he was representing Chua County but only aware of the situations around him.


By 16th August 2016, at least 12 people in Labolo and Nakwanya-Zaire villages in Orom Sub-county, Kitgum District had died of hunger in a period of just one month as reported by the then area councilor Quirino Olum.

“We have lost 12 people as a result of hunger. Many people lost their corps in the recent dry spell.”-Mr Olum said.

“We have lost 12 people as a result of hunger. Many people lost their crops in the recent dry spell.” Mr Olum said.

Karamoja, a mineral rich region is the most affected area where 100s die of hunger year in, year out. Despite interventions by government in ministries of Agriculture and Water, hunger remains a problem to the people of Karamoja because they’re traditionally pastoralists and majority are slowly changing to Agriculture but even their weather is not that encouraging.

Even in regions where the weather is not that bad like Karamoja, people suffer hunger due to the ever changing seasons. Rains come when least expected and disappear when much needed, this uncertainty leaves many families with hunger knocking at their doors despite making all the efforts to fight food insecurity in their homes.

Some who die of hunger are victims of calamities like flooding, landslides which destroy crops and end up displacing them to other areas when they have nothing to eat. Unless the minister has not been in Uganda for the last 10 years, he has to be equipped with these factors.

For calling Ugandans dying of hunger as idiots, Netizens are roasting the minister and urging him to recall his statement or give a clarification of what exactly he meant. Some are supporting the minister’s words, while others are not happy with him.

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