Some Ugandans are embarrassed by Oledo’s actions with the UMA publishing a statement signed by vice-president Edith Nakku-Joloba and secretary general Herbert Luswata, distancing itself from his remarks.

“This is not our position as UMA. Unfortunately, Oledo is part of this stray group looking for petty favors,” said Mirembe Joel, a member of the association.

Kenyans had a say too in the drama attributing it to political intrigue.

Muhoozi is Museveni’s son who has been making controversial statements on Twitter, the most provocative one being a threat to capture Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, in October. His father would later fire him from the position of commander of the country’s infantry forces only to promote him to a full general shortly thereafter.

Tanzanians on Twitter also reacted to this apparent sycophancy with one asking, “Who bewitched us Africans? You sit in a medical class for over seven years and yet you can’t make a sober judgement. Is Museveni the only person who can lead Uganda?”

Doctors’ poor pay in Uganda

Various statistics call to question Oledo’s claims that Museveni—a man internationally criticized for his brazen crackdowns on dissent—has transformed Uganda’s health sector for the better.

Ugandan doctors’ pay is one of the lowest in the world, with a medical officer earning less than $300 per month. Senior medical practitioners are paid between $695 and $910 a month. Calls and strikes by medical staff to raise the wages to between $4,000 and $12,840 have been futile.

There have been proposals to raise the salaries of all medical personnel by 100% but that has not come to fruition. Last month, medical interns who were not paid for the months of September and October went on strike.

Doctors have also complained of lack of supplies within public hospitals in the capital Kampala and dispensaries in rural Uganda. Such conditions have seen thousands of doctors flee the country to neighboring countries such as Kenya, Tanzania, and even Africa’s youngest state, South Sudan, in search of better pay.

In June, Museveni, who has been in power for 36 years now, blamed past regimes and colonialists for the economic tribulations Ugandans go through. The Bank of Uganda statistics show that inflation rose to 10.7% in October, with food prices rising by 33.8%.

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