Uganda’s president Yoweri Museveni on Sunday made reference to a nickname that has lately been used by several social media users when refering to him.Top Reasons Why Ugandans Have Nick Named Their President “Bosco”
The name ‘ Bosco Katala’ has over the last month gained traction as a derogatory term used to refer to what the young people on social media see as Museveni’s backward national policies and personal enrichment at the expense of the taxpayer.
Katala is a word from the widely spoken Luganda local language, that means ‘someone who is unsophisticated or a socially awkward person, usually from the village’.
First of all, I’m not Bosco.
In his address to the nation on Sunday, which covered several issues including the fight against corruption, the recent political events in Arua, allegations of torture among others, local media reported that Museveni started by giving a disclaimer.
‘‘First of all, I’m not Bosco (Katala),’‘ Museveni said, which left journalists at the news conference and Ugandans on social media amused.
The gentleman in the advert, who has since become a sensation in Uganda, is 35 year old Kasirye Siraje. He is popular on the streets, in Ugandan banks, television studios and even has his own Twitter account.
Why do Ugandans insist on calling Museveni, ‘Bosco’
Following the release of the advert about three weeks ago, Ugandans immediately likened Bosco to president Museveni.
As part of his poverty alleviation campaigns around the country, Museveni has used a bicycle to fetch water and used bottles to irrigate crops in a bid to demonstrate to Uganda’s smallholder farmers that they can use resources available to them to profit from farming.
He has also handed sacks of money to youth groups as a way to support entrepreneurship and to stop unemployment.