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VIDEO: Powerful Museveni Minister Says People Who Die Of Hunger In Uganda Are Idiots

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One of Museveni’s powerful and long serving ministers has said people who die of hunger in Uganda are idiots. He said this during an interview with a local television when as he was giving his insights into the just concluded Non Aligned Movement (NAM) and G77+China summits which the country hosted last week.

Okello Oryem the junior foreign affairs minister known for his straight forwardness likened people dying of hunger in Uganda as idiots because Uganda has the best weather and the best fertile lands to enable agriculture.


When asked by NTV’s Raymond Tamale about some people who die of hunger especially in Karamoja, the minister who was once a first son as his father Tito Okello Lutwa briefly ruled Uganda said those who die of hunger are idiots. He was appointed to that position 20 years ago in 2004 and has retained it in several reshuffles.

“It’s only an idiot that can die of hunger in Uganda because there’s enough food in Uganda, if you work hard, there’s land in Uganda, the climate is right inspite climate change, if you make double efforts to make sure that you out in the morning, you till your land, you plant the seeds, maintain your plantation, surely how do you fail to get food?”-said Okello Oryem.

His comments however now lashes at people who sleep hungry without food and those who normally die of hunger in Karamoja as merely lazy Ugandans yet a lot of factors lead to this but most importantly the unreliable rains and seasons which end up disappointing farmers.

Rains come when least expected and the unreliability of rains has caused hunger in many parts of the country. Some suffer because of calamities like floods and landslides which end up destroying their plantations and end up displacing them.


During the same interview, the minister said him and others organized the NAM and G77+China summits very well and he doesn’t expect corruption scandals from them.

Minister Oryem one time said Ugandans are wrong to demand for better roads, health services, quality education among other social services because they don’t want to pay taxes.

“If you pay the right taxes you will get all the best services that you want. Like in Germany you get the best medical services that, if you get an accident, a helicopter will pick you from there. You get the best roads in Germany, best trains but they pay over 50% of their earnings in taxes to get the first class services.”-Oryem Said on Thursday May 16th 2019

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