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Museveni downplays transition talks 

(Last Updated On: 23 December 2023)

Kampala | Uganda will hold another general election in 2026 and the ruling party, NRM could extend their supremacy under President Yoweri Museveni to a 7th term. 

President Museveni, 79, took power in 1986 and has since ruled with minimal challenges amid claims he has continuously been rigging elections to keep power.

Vehemently, he (Museveni), his party and the Electoral Commission have denied the opposition rigging claims.

International election observers have always said the elections “were not free and fair” with no pressure charged on the status quo.

Museveni won the January 16, 2021 votes with 58.6%, according to Justice Simon Byabakama-led electoral body. His main challenger, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine of NUP got 35%.

Wine soon rejected the outcomes of that election and went to court. He would later withdraw his petition to annul Museveni’s victory.

Also read: Museveni, who is ‘supreme’, asks Supreme Court to dismiss Bobi’s petition

With the next elections a few years away, will Gen (rtd) Museveni show up again? Will he present his son – Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba? These are some of the many questions people have been asking.

But, key leaders of NRM have recently hinted at the availability of the “old man” in 2026 and beyond. “Tuvu ku main”, some say – is not a near substitute for “Standby generator” – his son.

While many think the President is grooming his son, also his advisor on special operations, those in the MK Movement proudly say their boss – Muhoozi – is already ripe and ready to start in 2026.

Talks downplayed 

In a media engagement on Friday at State House after which he conveyed his end-of-year message, President Museveni downplayed the talks.

Asked by a URN Journalist, he answered: “There is always an opportunity for transition in the country every 5 years for the past 30 years.

“The issue is that the NRM has overperformed, and it is now deemed a crime that the people have shown love for the party over the past three decades.”

According to Museveni, we shall deal with that at the right time. “You have got enough problems but you’re there worried about when will this man leave.”

 

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