DAILYNEWS UG |Kampala, Uganda|
Former government critic turned defender Andrew Mwenda is so angry with Ugandans, saying they could make him commit suicide or run to exile.
Andrew Mujuni Mwenda is a polarising figure with perhaps as many admirers as critics. A critical media personality who takes no prisoners, he is also a budding entrepreneur whose opinion of President Museveni has evolved from unreservedly critical to appreciative.
Andrew Mwenda is a Ugandan journalist and the founder and owner of The Independent, a current affairs newsmagazine. The Former government critic turned defender Andrew Mwenda is so angry with Ugandans, saying they could make him commit suicide or run to exile.
Mwenda has been on the receiving end of public backlash over his support of the unpopular OTT and Mobile Money taxes that were introduced at the beginning of this week.
While appearing on the Hot Seat show on KFM, Mwenda said the new OTT tax is one of the good things Museveni has done for Uganda.
“Right now people are feeling the pinch of paying taxes and they will demand accountability for their taxes,” he said.
Mwenda’s only worry is that Museveni will scrap the OTT tax.
“Museveni is a populist president and he is going to scrap the tax because people are making noise,” he said.
The veteran journalist said the best Ugandans can do is pay tax or not expect service delivery from government.
“Teachers’ salaries were increased, doctors’ salaries were increased. Where is this money going to come from?”
He also cautioned Ugandans not to expect heaven on earth when they belong to a poor country.
“If your father is Sudhir’s guard and he earns Shs400,000 a month, you can’t ask him for the same things Sudhir’s children ask him for,” Mwenda argued.
“Ugandans are going to force me to commit suicide or go to exile,” he said.
Above: President Kagame, Museveni and Andrew Mwenda
Andrew Mwenda background:
- He attended Nyakasura School and Mbarara High School as well as Busoga College Mwiri;
- Bachelor of Arts in journalism
- Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda
- Master of Arts in development studies
- London University School of Oriental and African Studies, London, United Kingdom
Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, United States, Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, USA; University of Oxford in the UK, and Leiden University in the Netherlands.
Above: Mwenda with Former President Apollo Milton Obote at Obotes Residence in Zambia