The president of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, has extolled the value of agriculture by using his personal example of how despite being one of the least paid presidents on the continent, he is still a wealthy man
Museveni addressed a rally in Bukedea district on Saturday to kick-start his working tour to promote a campaign tagged ‘Operation Wealth Creation’ which aims to ensure that every household has at least one income-generating project.
He advised his listeners and the people of Uganda to engage in modern agriculture and agro-related activities to gain individual wealth. According to the president, even though infrastructure development like schools and roads were being effected by the government, those things represented development but do not necessarily translate to individual wealth.
Being one of the largest cattle rearers and traders in the country, Museveni had a word of advice from his personal story.
“Your President is one of the least paid on the continent. Although I earn little from your government, I’m a rich man from agriculture. When I tell you that commercial agriculture is wealth, am telling you what I know,” he said.
He based his estimation of his salary in comparison with other African leaders, on a report by the African Review which put his salary at US$12,000, far less than that of President Paul Biya of Cameroun who earns US$610,000.