The plight of government minister’s children

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LinkmeUg is here to bring youth information to take informed decisions. One way we do that is by talking to young people in business to find out how they started and run them. Over the weekend, our reporter identified a young man we shall call Anthony, in agri-business.

Anthony said he couldn’t take us to his establishments or give us details on his business because people in his shoes have been misrepresented by the media and thereby harshly treated by the public. Anthony’s father participated in the NRA war with President Yoweri Museveni and was away from home for almost 6 years in which time Anthony stayed out of schools for 2 years. When the rebels won the war, they returned in glory with many receiving high army ranks and ministerial posts.

Anthony’s father became a minister and was able to take his children to school. The minister told his children that a minister for a father was not the key to a good life but education was and made sure his children worked hard at school by closely monitoring their studies and punishing laziness. Anthony says his father had over 20 children but did all he could to educate them with the resources he had.

25 years down the road, after his father’s death, Anthony has used his education and the experience he received working on the family farm to start his own. His concern is that the Ugandans who know his father don’t look at the hard work he put his family through when he returned from the bush. “People think my father stole government money and probably gave each of us a large bank account to spend like rich men’s kids should; but that is not true at all,” urges Anthony.

“My father actually told us that his property was not for us to inherit and that he had given us education and that was all,” he adds. “What we have done is maintain our father’s friends, treating them with respect so that they can support our businesses. Some of us work really hard, trying to live up to our father’s legacies, it is much harder to shine when people know your father was rich, you get lost in their shadow. Ugandans don’t realize that I, like some ‘historicals’ children, could have refused to study and used my father’s position to terrorize villages. I chose humility and even if my father gave some of his property to the church and helped so many relatives and their children, he gave me the greatest possessions, education and love for hard work, says an agitated Anthony.

This minster’s son runs 2 jobs and works hard at his farm rearing animals from which he makes a few millions each week; but his is a story similar to many others; minister’s children are many times treated like the little vampires who helped their parents suck this country dry; but is this always the case?

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