More than 50 heads of state inkling US president Barack Obama and the United Kingdom prime minister David Cameroon have been invited for President Yoweri Museveni’s swearing slated for May 12 this year.
Obama has of recent been reported in the media criticizing African leaders who have over stayed in power.
President Museveni has been Uganda’s president since 1986 when he took over power in an armed struggle.
Also invited are the African Union heads of state, according to Foreign Affairs ministry Permanent Secretary Ambassador James Mugume.
Government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo revealed on Monday that eleven heads of state have confirmed their attendance for the in ceremony.
“We expect that number to rise,” Opondo said.
However, it’s not yet clear whether Obama and Cameron have confirmed their attendance.
This comes just a day after the main opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) announced a demonstration in Kampala and all districts across the country on May 5, ahead of Museveni swearing.
The protest will demand that 2016 elections be audited before Museveni can be sworn in.
This will not be the first time the opposition is trying to come between Museveni’s swearing in ceremony.
In May 2011, Uganda police had to shoot at a crowd after it attacked a car carrying Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan who had attended President Yoweri Museveni’s inauguration ceremony.
According to the then Media Centre Executive Director Mr Fred Opolot, “The car belonging to Goodluck Jonathan was stoned by mob. The security shot around the area, and one person was shot dead.”