Museveni: I can’t be president till 75, no more life-presidency in Africa

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Former presidential candidate, Kizza Besigye, dug deep into his archives and fished out an old New Vision newspaper where President Museveni openly states he would not rule until 75.

The article which runs under the headline: “I can’t be president till 75, says Museveni”, suggested that the president would not be in power by the time he clocked 75 years.

“President Yoweri Museveni has said he will not make 75 years while still in power saying he has many other things to do with his life,” wrote then New Vision reporter, Cyprian Musoke.

Musoke wrote that Museveni was “speaking on the Sky News live programme World News…Museveni said situations that encouraged life-presidency in Africa no longer existed”.

“Mr M7 is free to change his mind but NOT change our Constitution to fit his changing mind! #Tojjikwatako!” Besigye tweeted, quoting the same newspaper article.

Besigye says the campaign against President Museveni’s leadership will not stop until he is gone.

“Mr Museveni will go. It may take a while but he will eventually be stopped. People think this is a ‘Besigye’ thing. It’s not and it has never been. Even during ‘Walk to Work’, I was just an activist,” Besigye told journalists at his home in Kasangati, Wakiso District, recently.

According to him, the age limit campaign is about the will of Ugandans and not just the Constitution as a document.

“This is not about the Constitution as a document. It is about the will of the people. Don’t touch the will of the people,” he added, while urging the elite class to leave their cars at home once every week to show solidarity with those opposed to lifting the presidential age limit of 75.

In an interview with Daily Monitor, Besigye said he got 68 per cent in 2016 elections and in 1996 it was 75 per cent, it came down to 69 per cent in 2001, it was 59 per cent in 2006 and it shot back in 68 per cent.

“And it was because we had not solved issues of insecurity in the north so people there had become disgruntled. Then the problem of cattle raiding in Teso, that affected our votes in 2006 and now when we settled the two our popularity went up.”