Stylish Museveni to spend 1M per day on new shoes, curtains and bedsheets
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, for the second year running, has the privilege of spending in excess of one million Ugandan shillings (SSP 260, 000) per month on wardrobe makeovers.
The budgetary proposal, if passed, will give Museveni, the longest-serving head of state within the region, a Shs350 million (SSP89 million) budget to spend on bedding, clothes, and footwear.
The money has been allocated under the annual budget estimates for the financial year 2023-2024, according to reports by the Daily Monitor.
The move has attracted sharp criticism from opposition MPs questioning the government’s spending priorities.
They rejected some of the proposals in the majority report submitted by the Budget Committee Chairperson, Patrick Isiagi Opolot.
“There is Shs350 million to buy clothes. The same amount was provided last year. This means we are spending on average Shs1 million on the president’s clothes every day,” one of the MPs was quoted by the Monitor.
“Our President is not a star from Hollywood, requiring him to change his wardrobe daily. He is the president of a poor country. Why buy him clothes worth Shs350 million every year? What happened to the clothes that we bought last year?” added the Monitor report.
In the proposed budget for the Financial Year 2023/24, an amount of Ksh.8.8 billion (Shs239 billion) has been provided for the State House.
Additionally, the budget proposes another Shs600 million for the purchase of furniture and an additional Shs184 million for veterinary services for the pets at the State House.
“…how on earth can we provide Shs43 billion for ceremonies when the road network in the capital city has broken down?”
“The money for ceremonies should be spent on repairing roads in Kampala and Wakiso,” questioned Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda who presented the Minority Report together.