President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has been sworn in for the sixth term in office 35 years after he ascended into power.
Museveni won a contentious election against his closest challenger Bobi Wine, and was handed the instruments of power at Kololo Ceremonial Grounds in Kampala where the Swearing-In Ceremony took place.
1/2 President Uhuru Kenyatta has arrived in Uganda to attend the Swearing-In Ceremony of President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. pic.twitter.com/rmeXZIWJxv
— State House Kenya (@StateHouseKenya) May 12, 2021
An estimated 11 Heads of State witnessed the swearing in led by President Uhuru Kenyatta, United Republic of Tanzania President Samia Suluhu Hassan among others.
In his inauguration address, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni said Uganda had transitioned from a country of deficits to an economy of surpluses in agricultural production and manufacturing during his tenure.
“In 1986, Uganda was a land of shortages, no sugar, no soap, no paraffin, no textile, no salt, no sodas, no beer, no petrol etc. With limited waking up of sections of the population, Uganda now is a country of surpluses,” he said.
President Kenyatta, who is the current East African Community (EAC) Chairperson is accompanied by Cabinet Secretaries Raychelle Omamo (Foreign Affairs), Peter Munya (Agriculture) and James Macharia (Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development).
Presidents Felix Tshisekedi (DR Congo), Alpha Conde (Guinea), Salva Kiir Mayardit (South Sudan), Hague Geingob (Namibia) and Nana Akufo Addo (Ghana) also attended the ceremony held at Kololo Independence Grounds in central Kampala.
Others were Emmerson Mnangagwa (Zimbabwe), Mohamed Abdullahi Faarmajo (Somalia), Evariste Ndayishimiye (Burundi), Samia Suluhu Hassan (Tanzania), Sahle-Work Zewde (Ethiopia).