Kampala, Uganda – Yoweri Kaguta Museveni was sworn in Wednesday as Uganda’s President for a sixth- five-year term.
Museveni, accompanied by First Lady Janet Museveni arrived at the Kololo Independence Grounds in the capital city, Kampala, shortly after 11am. He then inspected the guard of honour before taking the presidential oath of office.
“I, Kaguta Yoweri Museveni, swear in the name of the Almighty God that I will pay allegiance to the Constitution of Uganda. That 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.”
The 76-year old, wearing a dark blue suit and his trademark wide-brimmed safari hat, received the instruments of power from Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo, in a ceremony attended by over 4,000 guests in lieu of Covid-19 protocols.
Several African Heads of State were also in attendance including Burundi’s President Évariste Ndayishimiye, Guinea’s Alpha Conde, DR Congo’s Felix Tshisekedi, Ghana’s Nana Akufo Addo, Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta, Tanzania’s Samia Suluhu, Zimbabwe’s Emmerson Mnangagwa, Somalia’s Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, South Sudan’s Salva Kiir and Namibia’s Hage Geingob.
Museveni won the January 14 polls with 5.85 million votes (58.64%), while main opposition candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu better known as Bobi Wine got 3.48 million votes (34.83%). Bobi Wine contested the results but later withdrew his petition.
Born in 1944, Museveni has been in power since 1986 and was involved in rebellions that toppled former Ugandan leaders Idi Amin (1971–79) and Milton Obote (1980–85).