Yoweri Kaguta Museveni was sworn in Wednesday as Uganda’s president for a sixth term.
Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo presided over the inauguration. Chief Registrar Sarah Langa Siu assisted.
The 76-year-old Museveni was honored with a presidential gun salute and a fly-past. The ceremony took place at the Kololo Independence Grounds in the capital city, Kampala.
Museveni’s supporters gathered in small groups outside the airstrip, donning party colors to show solidarity. Few of them were allowed in due to COVID-19 regulations on gatherings.
Museveni, who has ruled Uganda since 1986, won a contested January 14 election with 58 percent of the vote, while his closest challenger Robert Kyagulanyi, better known as Bobi Wine, earned 34 percent
For the 35 years he has been in power, Museveni has boasted of developing about 5,000km of road networks, increasing foreign direct investment by 80% and empowering women. However, the government is still struggling to eliminate corruption. The latest Global Corruption Index ranks Uganda at 142 out of 180 countries.
“What’s needed now is to expunge corruption,” Museveni said in his speech.
Museveni also used his to urge fellow African leaders to join forces to uplift the economy of the African continent.
“I would therefore like to use this occasion to remind the Africa fraternity that economic, and where possible, political integration in Africa is an absolute necessity if we are to address the issue of the prosperity of our people and strategic security of Africa”
He also celebrated the establishment of the African Continental Free Trade Area as a common market for the whole of Africa.
President Museveni is expected to lead Uganda until 2026 when another election will be held.
Uganda has no term limits for a head of state, and President Museveni is free to vie again if he wishes to continue leading the East African nation.