2016 presidential candidates Professor Venansius Baryamureeba and Maureen Kyalya made it a point to attend the swearing in ceremony of President Yoweri Museveni on Thursday.
While other former presidential candidates turned down invitations for the event, these two decided not to miss.
Kyalya was seen taking pictures with Museveni, enjoying his cosy hugs and smiling broadly at Kololo independence grounds.
Ever since Museveni was declared winner of 2016 general elections, Kyalya has been praising him on social media even defending his age.
“In my naïve head, removing Mzee [President Yoweri Museveni] from power is not a solution to cleaning the blocked Uganda Talent Pipe, as many people believe,” she wrote in one of her eulogies.
“When Mzee goes, Amama Mbabazi comes. When he goes, Kizza Besigye comes, when he goes, David Sejusa comes. All these people are older than me and with all the respect although God always blesses the elderly with wisdom, the youth are blessed with knowledge and ambition and we need both to move forward.”
Barya, on the other hand, was among the first losers of the election to congratulate Museveni and concede defeat.
Appearing on NBS television this week, Barya said he would attend Musevnei’s swearing in because Supreme Court ruled and declared him the unquestionable winner of 2016 elections.
Barya who was among the last in the race for 2016 presidency, also talked about a possibility of being offered a cabinet position in the new government.
“I’m not looking for a Cabinet position but if I am offered one, I will have to think about it before deciding,” he said.