Uganda's ruling party endorses Museveni for sixth-term run

Uganda's ruling party has endorsed President Yoweri Museveni, 74, as its candidate in 2021 elections, which could see him seek re-election for a sixth term, a party resolution said Wednesday.

The National Resistance Movement (NRM) called for Museveni to "continue leading the movement and the state in 2021 and beyond to eliminate bottlenecks to transformation."

The resolution was adopted at a retreat for top party officials chaired by Museveni.

The move comes after a bill was signed in December 2017 scrapping a presidential age limit of 75, which would have blocked Museveni from running again, sparking demonstrations and an outcry from the opposition which accused the president of seeking to rule for life.

Read more here: Uganda's Museveni set for 'life presidency' after court ruling

The constitutional court in July last year ruled in favour of removing the limit. Last month Uganda's Supreme Court began hearing a petition to challenge this decision.

Museveni, who seized power at the head of a rebel army in 1986, once said leaders who "overstayed" were the root of Africa's problems.

However while running for a fifth term in 2016, he said it was not the right time for him to leave, as he still had work to do.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
Rand - Dollar
15.64
+0.1%
Rand - Pound
19.53
+0.5%
Rand - Euro
16.68
+0.8%
Rand - Aus dollar
11.05
+0.7%
Rand - Yen
0.12
+0.4%
Gold
1,854.03
-0.7%
Silver
21.84
-1.3%
Palladium
2,005.00
-0.2%
Platinum
947.00
-1.0%
Brent Crude
113.56
+0.1%
Top 40
60,824
-0.6%
All Share
67,302
-0.6%
Resource 10
73,723
-0.8%
Industrial 25
72,050
+0.4%
Financial 15
15,545
-1.6%
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.

LEARN MORE