Majority of Ugandans Want Museveni to Retire in 2021 – New Report

Executive Director of Research World International Wakida, Presidential Advisor Morrison Rwakakamba, MP Asuman Basalirwa, Sheilla Kawamara, Makerere Historian Prof. Mwambusya Ndebesa and NGO Forum E.D Richard Sewakiryanga officially launch the report on Tuesday

Majority of Ugandans want President Museveni to retire after his five year term, salve according to a new report by Research World International and Uganda National NGO Forum. The report indicates that 74% of Ugandans think that Museveni who has ruled Uganda for over three decades should stand down whereas 11% said he should rule for life while 9% of the respondents said he should rule for another term before he retires.

The study conducted between September and October 2016 drew views from a sample of 2, capsule 252 respondents in 60 districts across Uganda with an aim of providing a picture of citizens perceptions on the state of governance in Uganda.

The household study focused on social, malady political, economic and cultural issues using a quantitative approach.

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Those who opined that the President should retire were majorly aged 15 to 24 and dwellers of Kampala, central region and other urban areas in the country.

The report findings further reveal that 73% of the respondents oppose the idea of amending the constitution to allow individuals above 75 years to contest for President. 21% of the respondents said the constitution should be amended to lift the cap on age.

Regarding constitutional term limits, the report indicates; “44% of the respondents think that the President should rule for 10 years while 34% think that he/she should rule for 5 years.”

68% (mainly in Eastern region and other urban areas) said that the constitution should be amended to restore term limits or numbers.

The study probed on the alternative candidates that Ugandans would prefer for President beside the incumbent and main opposition honcho Dr. Kizza Besigye. Of all the respondents, 13% gave Amama Mbabazi as their preferred candidate, 9% for Abed Bwanika, 5% for Norbert Mao while 22% were not sure.

FDC President Mugisha Muntu, Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga, first son Muhoozi Kainerugaba all drew 1%.

On the state of the economy, majority of Ugandans were of the view that the socioeconomic and standards of living are currently very bad. 37% attributed the bad economy to high levels of poverty, 22% to high inflation, 18% to drought and 9% to unemployment.

However Presidential Advisor on Research Morrison Rwakakamba said Uganda has significantly reduced its poverty from 53% in the past 10 years to less than 18% currently.

“Uganda is only second Chad in reducing poverty at a supersonic speed. This doesn’t imply that poverty is non-existent but efforts have been made,” Rwakakamba said.


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