In a candid address to the nation on the eve of Uganda’s 61st independence anniversary, President Museveni revealed how the complexities of the local market have thwarted his aspirations of achieving billionaire status. Drawing a striking parallel with the United States, Museveni highlighted the challenges he faces in realizing his dream in his home country.
The President lamented that if he were operating in the United States, he would have already amassed immense wealth through his milk business. In the US, he noted, there’s a vast consumer base of approximately 320 million people, making it an ideal environment for business growth and prosperity.
However, in Uganda, the situation is quite different. People here show intermittent support for his milk enterprise, purchasing it sporadically, which creates uncertainty in his business ventures.
Compounding these difficulties, President Museveni revealed that he often encounters obstacles when attempting to transport his milk to neighboring countries.
Border closures in Kenya, Rwanda, Congo, and other East African nations frequently disrupt his supply chain. These regulatory impediments have become a consistent challenge in his pursuit of entrepreneurial success.
Reflecting on these hurdles, President Museveni mused that if it weren’t for these start-and-stop barriers, he might have already achieved billionaire status. Regrettably, the reality is far from that dream, and he remains President Museveni.
The President did not limit his address to the subject of business challenges. He also took the opportunity to admonish leaders who promote sectarianism. Museveni underscored his commitment to a united Africa, emphasizing that the politics of tribe, religion, and other cultural factors should not be tolerated.
He stressed the importance of unity and the pursuit of a vision dating back to the 1960s: the establishment of a United States of Africa.
The President warned against external influences attempting to shape the continent’s destiny in a manner akin to Latin America, asserting his determination to protect the African identity and its pan-African vision.