President Yoweri Museveni has described as “false prophets” the new crop of youth leaders, who he accused of misleading others and striving to enrich themselves.
The President, without naming names, said this crop of leaders lacks the basic knowledge of the principles of development.
These, he said, lack the understanding of the county’s mission and goals that are geared toward transforming and liberating Ugandans from the subsistent to middle income economy
“I’m very disturbed by the current impaired vision of the youth leadership that is simply focused on quick fixes, meant to enrich themselves instead of focusing on fundamental principles of development,” he said.
“Wealth and money must be earned and not claimed,” he added.
The President sounded his disappointment in his speech which was delivered by Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda at the 23rd coronation anniversary (known locally as Empango) of the King of Toro Oyo Nyima Kabamba Iguru.
Museveni’s veiled remarks seem to have been targeted at Kyadondo East Member of Parliament, Robert Kyagulanyi (Bobi Wine) who since his election to parliament in June last year, has been leading a resilient movement against President Museveni and his government.
Bobi Wine has been pushing a message of employment opportunities for the youths, and the need for aging leaders to leave office.
The 36 year old MP is currently in the United States, having been arrested last month and allegedly tortured by the armed forces. He faces along with 33 others Treason charges.
President Museveni in his message on Saturday, called upon the National Youth Council to work with elected leaders in parliament and local councils to “come up with innovative ideas to change the mind-set of young people.”
“I want to see a youth population that is not simply focused on trivialities but on fundamentals that are anchored on the national development plan and our Vision 2040,” he said.