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Museveni sworn in as Uganda’s President for sixth term in office

Yoweri Museveni has been sworn in as Uganda’s President for sixth term in office in a colourful ceremony that was attended by President Uhuru Kenyatta African heads of state.

President Uhuru Kenyatta who is the current East African Community (EAC), arrived in Uganda on Wednesday morning for the swearing in ceremony.

He was accompanied by Cabinet Secretaries Rachelle Omamo (Foreign Affairs), Peter Munya (Agriculture) and James Macharia (Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development).

According to State House Uganda, six African presidents confirmed they would attend the inauguration, while another six said they would be represented.

Museveni had vied for the Uganda’s January 14, presidential elections using National Resistance Movement (NRM) party and was declared the winner after garnering 58.6% of the total vote.

The Ugandan Opposition leader Bobi Wine and his National Unity Platform (NUP) which came in second with 34%, however, had claimed that the vote was rigged.

Tight security was enforced around the home of opposition leader Bobi Wine, who had accused the government of fraud in January’s election.

Joel Ssenyonyi, the National Unity Platform party spokesperson, said Wine’s house was heavily surrounded by security.

“In fact, today they deployed some more [security forces]. We don’t know whether their intention is to hold him under house arrest. Honorable Kyagulanyi has not written to them to ask for security. Today, at our party headquarters in Kamwokya, the military sent war tankers (tanks). But for us, all this is panic. Panic by Mr. Museveni and his regime, because they are afraid of Ugandans. Simply because they know they stole the victory of Ugandans,” Ssenyonyi said.

While ordinary Ugandans are continuing their normal business, 55-year-old Henry Kisule, a casual laborer, moving on his bicycle says there’s nothing exciting about the inauguration.

He said when Museveni took power in 1986, he was completing his primary education. He has now lived under Museveni for 35 years, and said it is time for change.

“The years he’s been in power are so many. Do we want to see him collapse? He should have ended with the fifth term. And even the little happiness that we had, because the children he would have propelled into power, he’s just torturing them. Things aren’t good, we are not happy,” Kisule said.

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    Written by Kennedy Omondi

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