Ugandan president raps Obama over term limits

President Yoweri Museveni. FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has criticised US President Barrack Obama over his remarks about African leaders’ failure to respect presidential term limits and clinging on power for life.

Addressing a joint press briefing on Moday with Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House Entebbe, 40 kilometers south of the capital, Kampala, President Museveni said the US leader and other western leaders must respect the popular will of African people who ” democratically” vote their leaders to power through regular elections.

“Africa is not a back world because of term limits, but because of its lack of federation, common market, infrastructure and security, ” said the Ugandan president.

“For us in Uganda, we rejected this business of term limits. If I am in power because I am voted by the people, then I am there by the will of the people,” he said.

He added, “We have elections in Uganda every five years and our people have a choice. We are going to have elections here, Ugandans will tell you about the term limits.”

Ugandan legislators in 2005 voted to scrap law restricting incumbent presidents to two terms.

Speaking during a keynote address to the African Union (AU), a member organisation of 54 African nations, at its headquarters in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, late last month, President Obama called on African presidents to respect their constitutions and step down when their terms end.

“No one should be president for life,” said President Obama.” There is still so much I want to get done to keep America moving forward. But the law is the law and no one is above it, not even presidents,” he said.

President Museveni who last week picked his ruling National Resistance Movement party nominations forms to run as its presidential flag bearer for the fifth term in office in the 2016 polls asked Obama and western countries to stop imposing democracy on the African people.

“It’s only the US who has term limits. Look at Israel, UK (United Kingdom) and Germany. They don’t have term limits,” said Museveni.

President Museveni has been in power since 1986 after five-year guerrilla war in the central part of the country.

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