Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni took his oath of office on Wednesday for his sixth term as president, at Kololo Ceremonial Grounds, Kampala, the capital city under heavy security to avoid disturbances from opposition.
The ceremony was broadcast on national television attended by several African heads of state and foreign dignitaries.
Museveni was re-elected in January with 58% of the votes according to official results. His main opposition Bobi Wine, real named Robert Kyagulanyi received 35% of the votes.
Wine decried the inauguration as a “sham” in an interview with a foreign media station and said his home was besieged by armed police and military.
The presidential election campaign and victory was overshadowed by violence and opposition candidates forcibly withheld from holding rallies and dozens of protesters killed by security forces.
“Is this generation of African leaders determined to build a Latin America in Africa or a United States of Africa in Africa?” asked Museveni in his inaugural speech statement seen by TOS NEWS.
Using the occasion, he reminded the “African fraternity that economic and, where possible, political integration in Africa is a ‘sine qua non’ (without which, not) of the success for Africa.”
“In order, therefore, to solve the problem of the new happy phenomenon of surpluses in Uganda, we need to deal, along with our brothers and sisters in Africa, with 3 issues: regional and continental integration to unite the regional and continental markets to support production of goods and services better; higher purchasing power in Uganda so that the Ugandans can buy more; and good quality products at comparative costs that can be accepted in national, regional, continental and international markets” he added.