Museveni sworn in, given tools of power


President Yoweri Museveni has been sworn in the as the president of Uganda for the fifth time.

Museveni was sworn in at Kololo independence grounds at midday in the presence of government officials, African presidents and other foreign dignitaries.

The president arrived at Kololo Independence Grounds at 11:25am accompanied by the First Lady Janet Kataaha Museveni.

He was received with wild cheers and ululations before Uganda and East African anthems were played in his honour.

He was later called to the podium by the electoral commission chairman Eng Badru Kiggundu.

Kiggundu thanked Ugandans for embracing multi-party democracy before summarising the outcomes of the 2016 general elections.

He then invited the Chief Justice Bart Katureebe who introduced the president and administered the oath of allegiance.

“I, Kaguta Yoweri Museveni, swear to remain faithful to the republic of Uganda and to preserve, protect and defend the constitution,” Museveni swore.

After signing the oath of allegiance, the president was handed instruments of power by the chief justice.

They included the national court of arms, the official national seal, national anthem, presidential flag, national flag and a copy of the constitution.

The Chief of Defence Forces Gen Katumba Wamala handed Museveni also commander-in-chief a shield and spear as instruments of defence.


Gen Katumba hands Museveni a shield

The president then received a presidential gun salute amid cheers.

He then inspected a parade as supporters cheered.

Museveni will now lead the country up to the end of his fifth term in 2021.

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