As Pressure Mounts, Will Museveni Quit Presidency?

sales geneva;”>Despite gaining her Independence in 1962, order Uganda has never witnessed a peaceful transfer of power. Leaders come and leave by the power of the gun.

President Yoweri Museveni seized power in 1986 by bullet and has been around for 27 years. Despite winning several Presidential elections, Museveni has lately come under fire to step down and relinquish power to a younger leader.

Last year, the Catholic Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga said the best present Uganda expects from President Museveni is a peaceful handover of power.

Early this week, Pope Benedict XIV surprised the world when he announced his resignation which will be effected on February 28.

The Pope said he no longer had the mental and physical strength to cope with the demands of his ministry.

Of recent, the former president of the Forum for Democratic Change, Col. Kiiza Besigye resigned from being the president of the party and gave a chance to his colleagues to step in his shoes.

The former Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Uganda, Henry Luke Orombi announced his intention to leave his post earlier than expected, in December 2012 to give a chance to a new leadership to take over the mantle.

This led to the election of Archbishop Ntagali.

From that time many Ugandans and politicians have asked the president to resign and also focus on developing his farm in Rwakitura. They have cited several reasons including age.

But can this ever happen?

Several people Chimpreports talked to this week doubt whether Museveni will quit in the near future.

The President, Forum for Integrity in Leadership, Emmanuel Tumusiime, says Museveni, a man who has continually violated the Constitution can never resign as the Pope did.

“The removal of the term limits is a clear indication that the man is still greedy for power and Uganda should never expect him to resign but rather join efforts to push him in 2016.”

Will Museveni stand for presidency in 2016? To some Ugandans this is still a question of concern but to others it’s clear and are prepared to fight him out of power.

The UPC Assistant Spokesperson, Emmanuel Rukundo says Ugandans should stand in support of the UPC party to push Museveni out of power but should never wait for his resignation.

“I really doubt if he could ever resign because this is a man who came to power by means of arms and he only listens to the sound of the gun.”

Rukundo said there is surely a need for Museveni to resign from power since the Pope who was running a better system of governance found it necessary to resign after discovering that he was no longer strong enough.

The DP Acting Publicity Secretary, Kenneth Paul Kakande early this week said the best thing Museveni should do is to resign given that he is aging and has reached a point of signing documents and agreements without being aware of the implications.

Kakande said Uganda needs a more vibrant president and now is the time for Museveni to acknowledge nature.

However, there is still hope among some Ugandans that the president might at the end retire from his office.

Ballack Mugabo, a reporter with Sun FM says since the leading opposition leader, Kiiza Besigye resigned from the leadership of FDC, Museveni might find it easier to follow in the opposition strongman’s footsteps.

The long a waited time by all Ugandans is when they will see a new president swearing in for power through peaceful democratic means.

Nevertheless, speaking to BBC early this week, Museveni said he was too experienced to retire.

The President said his long stay in power has enabled him to accumulate considerable experience in nearly all fields of governance and was therefore a treasure to the nation.


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