President Yoweri Museveni was on Wednesday, May 12 sworn in at Kololo Independence Grounds in Kampala, Uganda, with thousands of Ugandans witnessing the event.
President Uhuru Kenyatta was among the several African heads of state who attended the inauguration.
President Kenyatta, who is the current chairperson of the East African Community (EAC), was accompanied by Cabinet Secretaries Raychelle Omamo (Foreign Affairs), Peter Munya (Agriculture) and James Macharia (Infrastructure).
Presidents Felix Tshisekedi (DR Congo), Alpha Conde (Guinea), Salva Kiir Mayardit (South Sudan), Hague Geingob (Namibia) and Nana Akufo Addo (Ghana) attended the ceremony.
Others were Emmerson Mnangagwa (Zimbabwe), Mohamed Abdullahi Faarmajo (Somalia), Evariste Ndayishimiye (Burundi), Samia Suluhu Hassan (Tanzania), and Sahle-Work Zewde (Ethiopia).
Museveni says he transitioned Uganda
In his inauguration address, President Museveni said Uganda had transitioned from a country of deficits to an economy of surpluses in agricultural production and manufacturing during his tenure.
“In 1986, Uganda was a land of shortages, no sugar, no soap, no paraffin, no textile, no salt, no sodas, no beer, no petrol etc. With limited waking up of sections of the population, Uganda now is a country of surpluses,” he said.
The Ugandan leader thanked President Kenyatta and other regional heads of state for opening up their markets to Ugandan exports including sugar and maize surpluses.
At the same time, President Museveni castigated unnamed foreign powers for continuing to lecture African countries on good governance saying some of them don’t mean well for the continent.
“It is quite comical to hear some people giving us lectures about democracy. Giving us a lecture about democracy, what are your credentials? If you want to know what we are doing in a respectful way we shall show you, but no lectures,” President Museveni advised.
Museveni was declared winner of the January 14, 2021 Presidential Election with 5.85 million votes, 58.6 percent of the votes cast.
His closest opponent, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, popularly known as Bobi Wine, had 3.48 million votes (34.8 percent).
The 76-year old has been in power since 1986 and is one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders.