Uganda’s President Says People Won’t Let Him Retire
Kampala – Uganda’s veteran President Yoweri Museveni has said people don’t want him to retire but that he doesn’t “need power”, ahead of a highly anticipated ruling party conference next week.
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.
While appearing on a radio talk show during the weekend, the leader was challenged by MP Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda to announce his retirement date.
“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.