President Museveni: “Sleep making Ugandans poor”

President Museveni: “Sleep making Ugandans poor”: Image for representational purposes. Photo by Matoke Republic

Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has said that Ugandans and Africans in general are poor because they spend much time sleeping.

“Africa is so rich because we have got water, land, minerals, and good weather. So, how does this (poverty) come about? It is because of nino (Langi for sleeping).” In Africa, there is also a lot of oversleeping.” Mr Museveni said.

Speaking in Uganda’s Dokolo District, the head of state blamed Africa’s under-development on Africans, local online website, the Daily Monitor reports.

According to a 2017 report by Uganda Bureau of Statistics, poverty in the country has gone up by about 8%, increase the rate if helplessness in the country.

People living in poverty now stand at 10 million up from 6.6 million in 2012/2013.

Eastern Uganda is the hardest hit with poverty increasing by 27%.

A UN report said that Africa will not meet the Millennium Development Goal target of halving poverty by 2015 and projections are that the world’s poor will be increasingly concentrated in Africa.