As per the claim by the National Economic Empowerment Dialogue (NEED) leader ‘Joseph Kabuleta’, most of the Uganda investors are employees of greedy and powerful politicians in the country.
As per the statement by Kabuleta, some politicians scoop lucrative government made deals and get foreigners like Indians or Chinese, whom they use as their proxies in order to handle their multi-billion businesses.
The retired president candidate announced while meeting leaders and locals of the Kigezi sub-region on March 9, Wednesday.
According to Kabuleta’s statement, “We Ugandans concluded to the thinking that the businesses belong to the so-called investors, however, in actual sense they are not investors, they are just agents of our politicians who mainly steal our country’s wealth.”
The ex-presidential member is presently on a nationwide sensitization campaign premised on protecting Uganda’s national deposits that citizens could use themselves in order to relieve poverty.
He further added that our so-called ‘investors’ are agents of big shots in government; they have ended up mistreating and manipulating Ugandans.
Furthermore, they stated that if he is an Indian, he has the right to bring all his Indian colleagues and work from their firms in Uganda, thus causing citizens to be jobless. And a few of you who get jobs in their factories are mistreated, overworked and underpaid. Unfortunately, we have nowhere to report them since they work for the big people,” Kabuleta said.
“They make us lose morale in a bid to work because we are used. I and my fellow Ugandans have to fight for such. We always come up with a condition whereby for one to be considered an investor, they must have a minimum amount of capital they should come within Uganda. We do not want to use the capital from our politicians because that is always our taxpayer’s money.
Secondly, they said, how many citizens will get jobs from your enterprise? Thirdly, I do not bring a foreigner to work from here when a Ugandan can perform the same role.”
In Africa, you will find that the farmers of Africa grow very good Irish potatoes. Still, the government will import potatoes from other countries after knowing that this is the same crop in Africa. This particular thing killed the market from our locally produced goods.
If the government could say, we are not allowing Irish potatoes from outside countries, and people who have takeaways and hotels should first buy from the local farmers from Kabale or any other district, Ugandans will mint cash from the products, and in the end, their livelihoods would improve,” Kabuleta urged.
Established in 2021, NEED, a political movement under the stewardship of Kabuleta, has so far managed to spread the economic empowerment message to Busoga, Buganda, Bugisu, Bukedi, Teso, Sebei, Lango, Acholi, West Nile, Tooro, Rwenzori and Kigezi sub-region.