President Yoweri Museveni who has ruled Uganda for 30 years got sworn into office on Wednesday for his fifth term to the irritation of US diplomats.
“I, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni swear in the name of the Almighty God that I shall faithfully exercise the functions of the President of the Republic of Uganda,
“to uphold, preserve, protect and defend the constitution, and observe the laws of Uganda, and I shall promote the welfare of the people of Uganda, so help me God,” he said as he was sworn in.
In what can be described as an extravagant ceremony, Museveni extended his rule into a fourth decade. The ceremony had a lot of dignitaries in attendance. Some of them included;
Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta, Zimbabwe’s President Mugabe, President Magufuli of Tanzania, president Zuma of South Africa, Chadian President Idriss Déby, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud of Somalia, and the controversial president of Sudan, Omar al-Bashir who is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur.
Some diplomats were also present, among them the US ambassador to Uganda and a Washington-based official, and some European diplomats. They all staged a walk-out in protest against his remark at the ICC, he had called the Organization a “bunch of useless people” and said he no longer supports it.
Yoweri Museveni won the February election amidst a lot of controversies. He had blocked social media, as well as arrested his major opposition, Kizza Besigye countless times over unfounded reasons, even placing him on house arrest during the elections.
The US, UN and other international organizations had condemned the elections, but Museveni paid no heed.
As he was being sworn in, his major opponent, Kizza Besigye swore himself in amidst many cheers from some Ugandans who believed him to be their rightful president. He was arrested after the incident, as expected.