State House officials meet youth who threatened to join People Power over Museveni cash
Written by Lindah Nduwumwami on November 8, 2018
State House officials led by the comptroller Lucy Nakyobe have met with a group of NRM youths who recently threatened to join Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi’s People Power political outfit after missing out on President Museveni’s cash. A group of youths in Makindye calling themselves ‘Banyiivu’ literally translated as ‘the angry’ last month wrestled their chairperson, Kassimu Wasswa whom they accused of receiving cash donations from the President before later storming State House in Entebbe and protested. On Wednesday, the group led by one Mahadi Kaweesa met with State House officials at Biyem Hotel in Rubaga before solving the impasse. “We are youths from all the divisions of Kampala but our request is to work with you in eradicating poverty out of the youths. We have high hopes in you to ensure we uplift our fellow youths,”Kaweesa told Nakyobe, the State House Comptroller. The group said they operate 531 washing bays in 98 parishes all over the five divisions of Kampala before asking for assistance in form of pumps to ease their work. “If each washing bay gets one pump, it can make our work easy and each one of us cash wash at least 10 cars a day,” the group leader said. The State House comptroller apologized to the youths for being neglected but said all youths throughout the country would be looked into. The State House comptroller told the youths that the president is ready to support all youths throughout the country but noted that he is limited by funds. She however promised shs500 million to youths in each division adding that the equipment they had asked for would also be purchased and donated to them. Nakyobe also promised to organize a meeting between the group and president Museveni as they had earlier requested.
The youths in return apologized for the chaos they have always caused including staging a protest at State House. They said they would from now start canvassing votes for President Museveni before launching a yellow outfit, similar to one donned by Bobi Wine and his People Power supporters. “We shall never take part in protests in the city and we pledge to work with the president,” the group told the State House comptroller. President Museveni last month dished out cash to various youths groups all over Kampala but the move attracted a backlash with many saying the money was meant to neutralize Bobi Wine’s supporters.