KAMPALA, Uganda — Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has officially been sworn in today for his sixth term in office.
In his speech, Museveni vowed to faithfully serve the people of Uganda while promising to protect and defend the constitution.
“We built this system for our people, we neither seek nor need any approbation from anybody outside Uganda except our peers with whom we are linked by the African brotherhood.” He said in part of his speech
Museveni also criticized foreign actors saying Uganda does not need any interference when it comes to matters democracy.
“It is comic and laughable to hear some actors in the world giving us lecture about democracy. What are their credentials? We designed a democratic system from the jungles of our country where we lived with the people.” He said
The swearing in ceremony took place at the Kololo Independence grounds under heightened security.
11 African heads of states were in attendance. They include: President Uhuru Kenyatta (Kenya), Samia Suluhu (Tanzania), Paul Kagame (Rwanda) and Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed alias Farmajo (Somalia), Evariste Nyayishimiye (Burundi), Emmerson Mnangagwa (Zimbabwe), Salva Kiir (South Sudan), Hage Gottfried Geingob (Namibia), Alpha Conde (Guniea), Sahle-Work Zedwe (Ethiopia) Felix Tsishekedi (DRC) and Nana akuffo-Addo (Ghana).
More than 11 000 Ugandans who had undergone covid-19 tests also witnessed the ceremony.
Museveni is Uganda’s longest serving president having been in power since 1986. Early this year, he won a contested election which saw him beat his Rival Bobbi wine.
Bobi Wine contested the elections but later withdrew his petition. The opposition had earlier announced that it would boycott the swearing in event.
Homes of opposition leaders Dr. Kizza Besigye and Bobi Wine were surrounded by security following intelligence information which alluded that some members of the opposition were planning to disrupt the swearing-in ceremony.
“Dictator Museveni is swearing in well aware he stole the elections and disenfranchised Ugandans and he is scared of people opposing the sham ceremony.
“Even if he has sworn in, we will continue the struggle to dislodge him from power through peaceful means and this will come soon.” Bobi wine said