Museveni marks 72, closes in on age limit


Museveni and wife Janet

President Yoweri Museveni has today clocked 72 years, closing in on the 75 years presidential age limit, according to the Ugandan constitution.

Yoweri Kaguta Museveni who was born 15 September 1944, has been President of Uganda since 29 January 1986.

His birthday comes at a time when some ruling NRM party members are hatching a plan to have him return as President in 2021 even past the presidential age limit.

Kyankwanzi Woman Member of Parliament Hon. Ann Maria Nankabirwa is confident no one [not even parliament] will block her motion to scrap the presidential age limit.

“Our Kyankwanzi move [to have Museveni stand in 2021] cannot be stopped. We are using the right steps and we want Museveni to run in 2012 elections,” Hon. Nankabirwa is quoted in media reports as saying.

Only yesterday, the Speaker of Parliament Hon Rebecca Kadaga dismissed a private member’s bill seeking to lift the age limit of judicial officers and electoral commissioners.

About Museveni

Born in Ntungamo, Uganda Protectorate, Museveni is a member of the Banyankole ethnic group.

His surname, Museveni, means “Son of a man of the Seventh”, in honour of the Seventh Battalion of the King’s African Rifles.

This was the British colonial army in which many Ugandans served during World War II.

Museveni gets his middle name from his father, Amos Kaguta, a cattle herdsman.

Kaguta is also the father of Museveni’s brother Caleb Akandwanaho, popularly known in Uganda as “Salim Saleh”, and sister Violet Kajubiri.

Museveni was involved in rebellions that toppled Ugandan leaders Idi Amin (1971–79) and Milton Obote (1980–85).

With the notable exception of the north, President Museveni has brought relative stability and economic growth to a country that has endured decades of rebel activity and civil war, according to Wikipedia.

His tenure has also witnessed one of the most effective national responses to HIV/AIDS in Africa.

In the mid to late 1990s, Museveni was fêted by the West as part of a new generation of African leaders.

His presidency has been marred, however, by involvement in civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo and other Great Lakes region conflicts.

Rebellion in the north by the Lord’s Resistance Army had perpetuated a drastic humanitarian emergency.

Restrictions on political pluralism and a 2005 referendum and constitution change scrapping limits on presidential terms, enabling extension of his rule, have attracted recent concern from domestic commentators and the international community.

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