Uganda sitting on a political time bomb – opposition

2015-04-13 15:45
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni (AFP, File picture)

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni (AFP, File picture)

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Cape Town – Uganda’s main opposition party, the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), says the east African country is sitting on a "political time bomb" and Ugandans need to allow President Yoweri Museveni to retire.

According to Africa Review, FDC party leader Mugisha Muntu said there was a need for the country to unite and ensure Museveni leaves power in 2016.

"Uganda is sitting on a political time bomb and it's the Ugandans to stop it from blasting by allowing president Museveni to retire," Muntu was quoted as saying.

Museveni said last year that people didn't want him to retire.

"I don't think the Ugandans are as obsessed with my retirement, because whenever I go for elections, five million tell me not to go, but stay," Museveni was quoted as saying by Ugandan newspapers.

Museveni said this after being challenged by a member of parliament, Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda, to announce his retirement date.

The ageing leader also said at the time that he didn't think there was "any country in the world that is more democratic than Uganda", claiming that the uprisings in countries like Egypt and Libya could not happen in Uganda.

Museveni, aged 70 and Uganda's leader since 1986, has already been chosen as the ruling National Resistance Movement's (NRM) candidate for presidential elections due in 2016, but there have been increasing murmurs of discontent within some sections of the party.

Read more on:    yoweri museveni  |  uganda  |  east africa

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