President, Yoweri KagutaTibuhaburwa Museveni has today been sworn- in for his 6th elective term at a ceremony held at Kololo Independence Ceremonial grounds.
Museveni, who has been Uganda’s president since 1986, will have ruled the country for 40 years by 2026, making him one of the longest serving leaders in the world.
In his remarks after taking Oath, President Museveni called upon all Ugandans to engage themselves in productive work so as to combat poverty now that elections are over.
“The elections are over! Let us get down to work, so as to chase poverty from our homes. Engage in commercial agriculture, counting profitability, industrialisation, ICT and services,” Said Museveni.
In the new term, Mr Museveni promise to put emphasis on dealing with some obstacles that have hindered projects like Operation Wealth Creation, youth funds and emyooga.
He also called upon Ugandans to embrace vaccination against Covid-19 as a guaranteed way of dealing with the virus which he said had affected key areas of the economy.
“As far as corona-19 virus is concerned, we shall open up once we have vaccinated 4.8million people as follows:Population over 50 years, Health Workers, Teachers, Lectures, Security Personnel and those with Comorbidities.
Apart from importing vaccines from other countries, we are developing our own vaccine, able to deal with all the known variants. We have also been trying, in humans, some therapeutics, which seem to be effective.” President Museveni noted.
The President further added that Shs 464b has been set aside in the coming financial year to be able to help sectors that have been badly affected by Covid-19.
On the issue of regional integration, President Museveni said that African Unity is the only way through which economic and, where possible, political integration in Africa can guarantee the prosperity of Africans and strategic security of Africa.
Museveni thanked the heads of state who graced the ceremony for honouring his invitation.
Among them were Évariste Ndayishimiye (Burundi), Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed (Somalia), Emmerson Mnangagwa (Zimbabwe), Salva Kiir (South Sudan), Hage Gottfried Geingob (Namibia) and Alpha Conde (Guinea).
Others are Sahle-Work Zewde (Federal Republic of Ethiopia), Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo (Democratic Republic of Congo), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo (Ghana), Samia Suluhu (Tanzania) and Uhuru Kenyatta (Kenya) who arrived at Entebbe on Wednesday.
The ceremony was also graced by heads of delegation from across the world, other foreign dignitaries, members of the diplomatic corp and invited members of public.