Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has revealed that US president, Barack Obama, asked him the secret behind his “always looking young”.
Museveni made the revelation Friday while addressing members of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) at the parliament of Uganda.
“Recently,” Museveni started in his characteristic manner.
“I was with President Obama in Addis Ababa Ethiopia and he asked why I always look young,” Museveni paused, making his audience anxious of what was coming next.
“I told him, I eat Ugandan food,” the president announced waving arms in his signature fashion, eliciting nods and cheers of applause from the regional legislators.
He added: “I also don’t eat rice.”
Museveni Ugandans did not know that maize was a cash crop because the country has a lot of food.
Addressing a rally in Kayunga town on Wednesday, Museveni said he doesn’t at all look like a 70 year-old man but actually feels like a man of 30 years.
“I will be making 71 years in September this year,” he reminded the crowd that had come to listen to him.
“But when you look at me, it is like I’m still 30 years.”
He cautioned against life threatening vices like alcohol consumption and promiscuity which he said endanger lives.
“I have taken good care of myself and I don’t drink alcohol; that is why I am still strong and energetic, so even you, you should take care of your lives because health is wealth.”
He continued: “I have fought Obote, Amin, Okello, Kony and I am still strong. I would not have done all this if I didn’t have good health.”
Obama-Museveni stand off
While visiting Kenya and Ethiopia last month, Obama talked about good governance and democracy but was keen on African leaders who over stay in power.
At a joint press conference with Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta, Museveni was asked for his thoughts on President Obama’s comments that heads of state should respect term limits.
Museveni who is running for a fifth term in 2016 general elections told press at State House Entebbe on Monday: “I’m not responsible for what Obama talks”.
He went on: “I don’t care, that’s none of my business.”
Museveni said he was in power because people vote him and because Uganda outlawed term limits.
“I’m responsible for what happens in Uganda. The US is the only country in the Western world which has term limits.”
“Every five years, when we have an election, Uganda is at a higher level. If I am in power elected by the people, that shows I’m doing the right thing.”
In June 2005, a total of 232 MPs voted in favour of the motion, 50 against and one abstained leading to the scrapping of term limits.