President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni,76, has Wednesday been sworn in as Uganda’s President for a Sixth five year term extending his rule over the East African Country to 40 years.
Museveni, who was accompanied by his wife and first lady, Janet Kataha Museveni at the swearing in ceremony held at Kololo ceremonial grounds in Kampala, was elected Uganda’s President in the hotly contested January general elections with 58% of the vote, edging his closest opponent Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine at 34%, according to results released by the Electoral Commission.
” I, Yoweri Kaguta Tibuhaburwa Museveni, swear in the name of the Almighty God that I shall faithfully exercise the functions of the President and shall uphold, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution and observe the laws of Uganda and that I shall promote the welfare of the people of Uganda. So help me God. ” Museveni said reciting the oath of the president administered by Chief Justice Owiny Dollo.
President Yoweri Museveni came into power in 1986 after a protracted but successful five year armed rebellion against the government of the day.
Themed “Securing the Future” just like his presidential campaign, President Museveni’s inauguration was witnessed by 11 heads of state, diplomats, government functionaries, political and religious leaders, among others.
Notably, the ceremony was attended by Burundi’s President Évariste Ndayishimiye, President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed of Somalia, President Emmerson Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe, Salva Kiir of South Sudan, Félix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo, President Nana Addo Akufo-Addo of Ghana, President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya and the newest president in the East African region, President Samia Suluhu of Tanzania, among others.
Meanwhile, as the President was sworn in, Mr. Robert Kyagulanyi’s home was under siege by the military and other security forces.
Kyagulanyi contested President Museveni’s electoral victory in the Supreme Court but later withdrew his petition citing political interference in the Court’s handling of his case.