He was recently seen carrying a white sack containing 250 million shillings as a donation to the Busoga Youth Forum. The president happily carried the white sack aloft, before handing it over to the representative of the youth forum. This, the president was doing to fulfill the promise he had made in 2011 to help the group gain financial stability. He as well gave a minibus, a truck and 15 motorbikes to the group.
The Busoga Youth Forum is a group engaging in creating youth business opportunities in Uganda. Their projects include goat rearing, poultry, banana production, and mushroom production. They had earlier requested the president to support their activities.
Recently the president donated $300,000 to the Meles Foundation established to honor the late Ethiopian prime minister, Meles Zenawi. But he did not carry the money in a sack. Why the recent act? Many think he was doing that only to gain popularity across the country and hopefully use it to win the next election.
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni came out as funny, and he is not alone for there is a rich history of presidents who have treated the public to moments of fun and laughter. USA has had a number of presidents who were funny. They were not funny in terms of carrying sacks, but in making jokes. President Theodore Roosevelt who was the 26th president of USA quickly comes to picture. After being the USA president for some time, he lost the urge to continue in politics. When a reporter asked him why he had lost the political desire, his answer was simple. “There is no room for advancement in being a president.”
The other president that left memories of fun is President Franklin D Roosevelt. One day Eleanor Roosevelt, his wife, left the white house to visit a penitentiary without the president’s knowledge. When the president asked where his wife was, he was told she was in prison. His response was funny in all measures. In his response, the president said, ‘I am not surprised, but what for?’