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It is 31 years since Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni took over power

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Thursday 26th 2017 marks 31 years since Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni took power. Museveni who is one of Africa’s longest serving leaders is the chief guest at Masindi Sports Grounds in Western Uganda, where the national event is taking place under the theme: “Uganda’s Success Story Under NRM Leadership is a shared victory.”

The celebrations are in remembrance of the five-year bush war that saw the then National Resistance Army (NRA) rebels, under the command of Mr Museveni, capture power in Kampala on January 26, 1986.

January 22, 1986,  government troops in Kampala had begun to quit their posts en masse as the rebels gained ground from the south and south-west. On the 25th, the Museveni-led faction finally overran the capital.. The NRA toppled Okello’s government and declared victory the next day, January 26th.

Museveni was sworn in as president on 29 January.




“This is not a mere change of guard, it is a fundamental change,” said Museveni, after a ceremony conducted by British-born Chief Justice Peter Allen.

Speaking to crowds of thousands outside the Ugandan parliament, the new president promised a return to democracy: “The people of Africa, the people of Uganda, are entitled to a democratic government. It is not a favour from any regime. The sovereign people must be the public, not the government.”

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Masindi remain significant in the history of the Luweero bush war as top rebel commanders then, who are now senior government and military officers, believe the attack on Masindi on February 20, 1984 tilted the course of the war in their favour.




Other African leaders who have been in office longer than Museveni include Obiang’ Nguema of Equatorial Guinea, Eduardo dos Santos of Angola, Paul Biya of Cameroon and Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe.

29 Jan 1986, Kampala, Uganda --- Yoweri Museveni has seized power. He commanded the National Resistance Army (NRA) in a rebellion against President Milton Obote and the military regime that succeeded him. He finally captured the capital city, Kampala, in January 1986. --- Image by © William Campbell/CORBIS
29 Jan 1986, Kampala, Uganda — Yoweri Museveni has seized power. He commanded the National Resistance Army (NRA) in a rebellion against President Milton Obote and the military regime that succeeded him. He finally captured the capital city, Kampala, in January 1986. — Image by © William Campbell/CORBIS

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  1. I agree, there’s peace in Uganda but I doubt about democracy power to the people is partial. Nepotism is the order of the day and so many more which are the opposite of what he promised to fight when taking oath.

  2. If peace means absence of guerilla war, yes, Uganda is very peaciful. But there are many social wars- service wars and life wars in Uganda. I appreciate the good done but much more could be achieved if he respectfully stepped aside. And he assured us, he is serving his own ideologies and his own life. We may not expect much better.

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