Uganda’s president sworn in for a sixth term

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Uganda's president Yoweri Museveni (photo/ courtesy)
Uganda's president Yoweri Museveni (photo/ courtesy)

Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has been sworn in today as the president of Uganda for a sixth term.

The swearing-in ceremony was held at Kololo independence grounds in Kampala city where he arrived shortly after 11am accompanied by the first lady Janet Museveni.

Museveni solemnly promised to faithfully work for the people of Uganda and make certain the well-being of Ugandan people.

“I, Kaguta Yoweri Museveni, swear in the name of the Almighty God that I will pay allegiance to the constitution of Uganda. I shall faithfully exercise the function of the presidency of Uganda and that I shall promote the welfare of the people of Uganda, so help me God.”

Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo gave him the instruments of power after taking the oath in a ceremony that had around 4,000 guests due to Covid-19 pandemic.

Several African Heads of State were in attendance including Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta, Tanzania’s Samia Suluhu, Zimbabwe’s Emmerson Mnangagwa, Somalia’s Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, South Sudan’s Salva Kiir, Namibia’s Hage Geingob, Ghana’s Nana Akufo Addo, DRC Congo’s Felix Tshisekedi, Évariste Ndayishimiye of Burundi and Alpha Conde of Guinea.

He won the January 14th polls with 5.85 million votes (58.64%) against the opposition candidate Bobi Wine who got 3.48 million votes (34.83%).

Born in 1944, Museveni has been in power since 1986.