Last month, the president of Uganda announced that nearly 32 million tonnes of pure gold deposits were discovered in Busia, a town in the eastern parts of the country.
According to Ugandan news outlet Monitor, President Yoweri Museveni held a state-of-the-nation address on June 7 to break the news.
The gold deposits are worth over US$12 trillion — almost CAD$16,000,000,000,000. That’s a lot of zeroes!
The news made rounds internationally, with economists and financial experts weighing in on what it could mean for not just Uganda but the rest of the world and industries like crypto and mining.
But everyone — laypersons and experts alike — is making one particular joke about the discovery, and it’s been re-churned in the most hilarious of ways.
The joke revolves around the western countries’ history (and habit) of intervening, fighting humanitarian crises and terrorism, and “bringing democracy” to countries and draining them of their resources for personal gain, often leading to complete destabilization and war-like conditions for civilians.
@ttjmmwks Fake #fyp #virale🐼🐼🐼 #panchiko #viral #uganda #ugandagold ♬ original sound – Michelle Kessler
Breaking: Uganda discovers gold deposits worth 12 trillion USD
US military: pic.twitter.com/2Jas6DHjxJ
— Sayed Abdullah (@Dragonvibee) July 3, 2022
NEWS:…Uganda discover tons of Gold reserves on addition to the oil reserves.
— Athousand Brains 🌟🇵🇸 (@AthousandBrains) July 2, 2022
They aren’t holding back any punches and are straight-up telling it how it is.
Expect to hear a lot more about human rights in Uganda in the coming years. pic.twitter.com/Znolugpy22
— Alan MacLeod (@AlanRMacLeod) July 1, 2022
— Lark Davis (@TheCryptoLark) July 4, 2022
“Y’all shouldn’t have told nobody about that gold,” said TikToker Jajabanks, only partly jesting, to Uganda. “You know they’re coming for that gold, right?”
@_jajabanks19 12 trillion in gold in Uganda… #africa #gold #uganda #warning #MakeNightsEpic #xyzbca #fypシ゚viral ♬ Warning (2007 Remaster) – The Notorious B.I.G.
@sunnyosahn #stitch with @itsshadowgod #america #murica #usa #gold #oil #wealth #uganda ♬ Ghibli-like, mysterious piano BGM(963377) – Kataribe
Humour aside, people are discussing the significant and highly likely possibility — it’s not like this hasn’t happened before to countries with a wealth of certain resources, such as fuel and diamonds.
Uganda has discovered 31 Million Metric Tons ( worth 12 Trillion USD) Gold Deposits.
US will now suddenly find Human Rights Abuses under Present Govt & will find it Necessary to Send Forces Save Humanity.
Pls don’t blame US THAT TIME.
— BhikuMhatre (@MumbaichaDon) July 4, 2022