New Vision (Kampala)

Uganda: Angry Councilors Boycott Meeting Over Black Tea

Kampala — A group of councilors in Rubaga Division ran riot and shunned a council meeting when they were served with black tea with no 'escort' [snack].

The meeting had been convened to discuss several issues affecting activities of the division.

All was well until the end of the first session, when the councilors took a break to have tea. They were served only black tea.

Apparently, the councilors wanted tea with milk and snacks. When they complained to the organisers, they were told that there was no money to buy milk and snacks.

Some of the councilors took the black tea but others protested. The lattter group refused to take it and threatened to boycott the next session.

The organisers did not think the councilors were serious until the session started and over 10 councilors refused to return into the room.

Efforts to convince them to attend the session fell on deaf ears as the councilors claimed they were hungry.

"I did not take breakfast at home because I thought I would have it at the meeting. Although I am not rich, my family does not take black tea. It is a shame that our division cannot afford to give us tea with milk and snacks," a female councilor shouted.

Seeing their resolve, the organisers continued with the meeting, while those who shunned it sat under a tree and chatted away.

At lunch time, however, they surprised everybody when they rushed to queue for food. The group was overheard complaining about being given only one bottle of soda and that the food was not tasty.

Indeed, a hungry man is an angry man!

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