President Yoweri Museveni has been in power since 1986 and by 26th next month, he would have ruled Uganda for 33 years. He has been on the corridor of power for a very long time and was involved in the uprising against historical Ugandan leaders like Idi Amin from 1971 to 1979 and Milton Obote from 1980 to 1985.
If the constitution is followed, Museveni should be illegible to contest the 2021 general elections; but there are reports that the president plans to cling on to power and modify the constitution so that he can run for the position of president again.
The president himself confirmed the claims and says he does not think of relinquishing power until he is satisfied that the prosperity and strategic security of Africa have been achieved - how interesting.
Is President Museveni saying in essence that there is no one else among the over 16.53 million people in the country who is capable of leading the country towards prosperity and strategic security of Africa?
He made his intentions known yesterday during the Inter-Party Organization for Dialogue (IPOD) summit that was held at Speke Resort Munyonyo in Kampala.
Museveni told the leaders of opposition political parties and their delegates present that he is not about to leave power and they should stop thinking of a transition.
President Museveni attended the summit in his capacity as the chairman of the ruling NRM party; in attendance were representatives from four leading opposition parties; Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) represented by party president Jimmy Akena, Democratic Party (DP) represented by its president general Norbert Mao and the Justice Forum (Jeema) represented by its president, Mr Asuman Basalirwa.
Responding to a statement by the president general of the Democratic Party (DP), Norbert Mao when he said:
“We talked about the people of Uganda and Uganda and we never talked about ourselves because IPOD is about opening our mind. We did this (dialogue) without being defensive or aggressive and lots of confessions were made, you will hear about them.
“It is important that Ugandans tell each other what they want and we told each other in this summit what we want instead of talking excuses. I recall the Walk-to-Work [protests] with police bullets and teargas but today we are here to resolve that and show that we are a country beyond this,”
President Museveni responded:
“I hear people like Mao talking about transition; how they would like to sit in the audience and see Museveni handing over power. That is the most important thing for him. I do not think that is the most important and it is good he is saying that.
“So, the political class instead of talking about the destiny of Africa, you are talking about petty things-- elections, who become who. That is why I have said if I still have strength, I will continue.
“This is my point of view-- not to retire when the original issues of why Africa nearly perished have not been addressed. And you are just addressing small things-- elections. The ones you are electing, you elect them to do what exactly? That is what you should answer. I have no other interest in politics because I am a cattle keeper.”
Do you think President Museveni is right to hold on to power?