Several African Heads of State attended the inauguration of President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni in Kampala, Uganda today Wednesday May 12th, 2021.
Museveni, who won re-election in January despite widespread reports of irregularities, took the oath of office on Wednesday at a ceremony in the capital, Kampala, that was broadcast on national television and attended by several African heads of state and other foreign dignitaries.
The 76-year-old, wearing a dark blue suit and his trademark wide-brimmed hat, promised to “pay true allegiance” to the country he has ruled nonstop since taking power as a rebel leader in 1986
Presidents Dr Samia Suluhu Felix Tshisekedi (DR Congo), Alpha Conde (Guinea), Salva Kiir Mayardit (South Sudan), Hague Geingob (Namibia) and Nana Akufo Addo (Ghana) attended the ceremony held at Kololo Independence Grounds in central Kampala.
Others were Emmerson Mnangagwa
(Zimbabwe), Mohamed Abdullahi Faarmajo (Somalia), Evariste Ndayishimiye (Burundi), Samia Suluhu Hassan (Tanzania), Sahle-Work Zewde (Ethiopia).
His victory in January was overshadowed by the bloodiest pre-election crackdown in years, with opposition candidates forcibly prevented from campaigning and dozens of protesters killed by security forces.
Bobi Wine, who came second to Museveni in the ballot but declared the vote rigged, said police and soldiers had “besieged” his home on the outskirts of Kampala and prevented him from leaving.
“Dictator Museveni is swearing in well aware he stole the elections and disenfranchised Ugandans and he is scared of people opposing the sham ceremony,” the 39-year-old singer-turned-lawmaker told AFP news agency.
“Even if he has sworn in, we will continue the struggle to dislodge him from power through peaceful means and this will come soon.”