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Museveni Is Much More Than The Caricature Onyango Obbo Tends To Present!

By Vision Reporter

Added 23rd July 2003 03:00 AM

SIR— I would like to clarify a couple of issues raised by The Monitor columnist Charles Onyango Obbo in his article “Kaguta wants to be a Tarzan, not a Mandela” in Monday’s edition.

SIR— I would like to clarify a couple of issues raised by The Monitor columnist Charles Onyango Obbo in his article “Kaguta wants to be a Tarzan, not a Mandela” in Monday’s edition. He quotes some anonymous “correspondent” as saying that “Museveni has not only hogged all the power, but even the crumbs that fall to the ground, he bends over and picks them too”. The “correspondent” cites President Museveni’s lead role in the Royal Tour documentary by Discovery Channel as evidence of this and says the role should have been left to an assistant minister or head of Uganda’s Wild Life Authority.
The truth of the matter is that The Royal Tour will cover just a few specially selected countries. In Africa, Uganda as usual, was their first choice; as has been the case since 1986.
President Museveni did not selfishly choose to be the tour guide, as Obbo’s “correspondent” is trying to make people believe. It is a policy of the Discovery Channel that the leaders of the chosen countries lead the tour themselves.
In the very first Royal Tour programme filmed in Jordan, King Abdullah himself was their guide – as Obbo’s “correspondent” would have known had he bothered to do some very basic research.
I would also like to argue that it makes sense for the presidents to be the tour guides; viewers are more likely to pay attention to a programme if it involves a head of state. Even when it came to fighting AIDS in Uganda, people listened because the head of state was involved and thus a crisis was stemmed. Besides, when a leader chooses to play the lead role in building the image of his country in a bid to boost its tourism potential, it is evidence he is foresighted and pragmatic.

Mary Karooro Okurut,
Press Secretary to the President
and Chairperson
Discovery Channel Organising Committee

Museveni Is Much More Than The Caricature Onyango Obbo Tends To Present!

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