Ugandan President up and running for sixth term

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, in his country residence of Rwakitura, in west Uganda, February 21 2016. Photo : REUTERS

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ADV) – Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni will head up for a sixth term during the upcoming 2021 polls, sources said Wednesday.

Mr. Museveni’s ruling party adopted his candidacy during its retreat session in the capital, Kampala.

A statement by the National Resistance Movement (NRM) party explained that Museveni “will continue leading the movement and the state in 2021 and beyond to eliminate bottlenecks to transformation.”

It can be recalled that Ugandan lawmakers were locked into a fist fight during the passing of a bill in December 2017 to uproot a presidential age limit of 75.

It can also be recalled that Uganda’s constitutional court in July last year ruled in favour of removing the limit while the country’s Supreme Court began hearing a petition to challenge the decision.

At the beginning of his marathon rule in 1986, Museveni was on record for criticizing leaders who refused to step down but is again on record for saying he cannot go because he still had work to do.

Museveni is the third the longest sitting president in Africa after Obiang Nguema of Equatorial Guinea and Cameroon’ Paul Biya.

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