Of Goats and Cattle That Cost The Equivalent Of A Small Country's GDP!
Meet Ms. Margaret Muhanga, who doubles as the Burahya County MP. She appeared at a hearing held by the committee on Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises as the panel sought to ascertain whether or not there was fraud involved regarding various property that belonged to Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC).
Shortly after starting her session with the committee, it became apparent that something was amiss. First, her attitude towards some of the questions asked seemed hostile. Second, her fellow MPs on the committee switched gears to have her take oath before proceeding.
It turns out, Ms. Muhanda bought 23 acres of land that at the time belonged to UBC for at least UGX10.5 BN. Ms. Muhanda went on to tell the committee that she bought the land in cash, and when she was asked to declare the source of the money, she intimated that she sold some of her livestock - goats and cattle, among other things - to accumulate it.
Naturally, Ugandans on Twitter found this news really strange, and considering the fact that most officials are notorious for acquiring property bizarrely, it didn't take long for the Twitter streets to light up with memes and captions to try to make sense of how someone could acquire that kind of money from just livestock as Ms. Muhanga claimed.
We got some of the best tweets:
— #TelmaForJinjaCity (@Hirolla256) August 2, 2016
— Nyamishana (@nyapru1) August 2, 2016
— judas goat (@little_hansel) August 2, 2016
— Mordecai Musonge (@MordecaiMicah) August 2, 2016