Today, Friday September 15, 2017, President Yoweri Museveni celebrates his 73rd birthday.
Museveni’s birthday comes amidst a political storm in which members of the ruling party are battling the public and opposition politicians in a bid to push for the lifting of the presidential age limit clause.
A joint caucus of his ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) and independent MPs passed a resolution to move a motion in Parliament, paving the way for a Bill to amend Article 102(b) to scrap the age limit.
When asked on the matter, Museveni said Ugandan MPs will have the final say on the presidential age limit—following the process as provided for in the constitution.
“About the NRM people who were involved in an activity [of passing a resolution to table a motion]. That was not the official NRM caucus. But they are NRM people who have brought their views,” he is quoted telling press on Wednesday at State House Entebbe.
He added: “In Runyakole (president’s vernacular), we call them Nyekundire [volunteers]. Originally, they were provoked by malicious people.”
Museveni used the opportunity to lash at critics who he said only sit in Kampala and eat pigs [pork], then later criticise him without using the evidence of the good work he has done for the country.
“I just commissioned the Kamwenge-Fort Portal road the other day. It is a good road. Your country is now good,” he said.
He added: “For you, you are just here in Kampala eating pork. You don’t move around to see what I have done. I have just started enjoying Uganda.”
Over five years ago, President Yoweri Museveni unequivocally told NTV in an interview that he would not seek to retain his job after hitting 75 years.
He argued that at that old age, someone is not as physically strong and may not have the energy to fulfill the demanding tasks of running a country like Uganda.
But the president seems to have had a change of heart.
While responding to a journalist who had sought his views on moves to remove the presidential age limit from the constitution, President Museveni gave a hint that there was no scientific evidence showing that someone could not manage a country when they are above 75.
Museveni was born on 15 September 1944 in Ntungamo, Uganda Protectorate.
Museveni gets his middle name from his father, Amos Kaguta, a cattle herdsman.
Kaguta is also the father of Museveni’s brother Caleb Akandwanaho, popularly known in Uganda as Salim Saleh, and sister Violet Kajubiri.
Museveni attended Kyamate Elementary School, Mbarara High School, and Ntare School. In 1967, he went to the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania.
There, he studied economics and political science and became a Marxist, involving himself in radical pan-African politics.
While at university, he formed the University Students’ African Revolutionary Front activist group and led a student delegation to FRELIMO territory in Portuguese Mozambique, where he received guerrilla training.
Studying under the leftist Walter Rodney, among others, Museveni wrote a university thesis on the applicability of Frantz Fanon’s ideas on revolutionary violence to post-colonial Africa.
Museveni was involved in rebellions that toppled Ugandan leaders Idi Amin (1971–79) and Milton Obote (1980–85).
In the mid to late 1990s, Museveni was celebrated by the west as part of a new generation of African leaders. During Museveni’s presidency Uganda has experienced relative stability and economic growth.
His presidency has been marred, however, by involvement in the civil war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and other Great Lakes region conflicts.
Rebellion in the north by the Lord’s Resistance Army caused a drastic humanitarian emergency.
Suppression of political opposition and a 2005 constitutional amendment scrapping presidential term limits, thus enabling extension of his rule, has been a concern of domestic commentators and many in the international community.