Former senior presidential press secretary, Joseph Tamale Mirundi has told off Museveni to open up the economy or face off with starving Ugandans.
In a widely televised weekly One on One political talk show aired today on NBS Television, Mirundi advised his former boss to open up the economy to save his government from an influx of starved Ugandans who would storm the streets and stage protests. “The population is hungry and angry. People have nothing to lose, they want to go back to work,” Tamale says. “Even the taskforce has failed. I’m reliably told Museveni is to lay off some of these Mafias,” he adds. Mirundi relates the situation to a dilapidated house housing a sick patient. “If your father is sleeping under an iron shit rood, do you throw stones at it?,” Mirundi asks. “The taskforce is doing the opposite. They are throwing stones at the house and trust me this will create a spark,” Mirundi warns. The taskforce is reportedly out of food stock after falling out with the two main suppliers of Aponye and Mandela. “These Mafias thought the lockdown would last for 14 days. They knew it would be easier to steal and walk away. Adding more lockdown days was a burden to them,” Mirundi says. “That’s why you saw them skipping Makindye. They don’t have food to give to the people. I’m told they are giving one family per ten houses,” he adds.
Maize flour supplier, Mandela disagreed with the contractors over the pay cheque as they were hesitant with a 30% share of the profit. “These Mafias wanted to take 30% of Mandela’s profits. He refused to add them food over that,” Mirundi says. “If president Museveni is wise, he should open the economy because people are ready to storm the streets,” he warns. Tamale Mirundi has been a regular critique of the COVID-19 taskforce right from its inception. He names members like Robert Kabushenga and Mary Karooro Okurut as being self styled opportunists who are after benefiting from the situation.