CNN NEWS: President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has said he will peacefully stepdown from presidency and accept to walk away from State House should the election results in tomorrow’s presidential election not rule in his favor.
Museveni who has been at the help of heading the state since 1986 said he would be happy to leave office and focus on his private life if Ugandans rejected him in the election.
“If I lost a fair election, I would accept the result of course because Uganda is not my house,” President Museveni told CNN’s Christian Amanpour in an interview.
“I have got my house, I will go to my house and do my own things if the people of Uganda don’t want me to help them with their issues. I will go deal with my personal issues very happily.”
However, Museveni said that there was nothing wrong with staying for long in power after being asked why he is standing for the 6th consecutive political term.
He added that while in the past he famously identified Africa’s biggest problem as leaders staying long in office, he only meant those who stick around against democratic rules.
“I said the problem was staying in power for long without democracy; if it is the democratic will of the people… because we have got so many things to deal with, we need all hands on board… there is nothing wrong with that.
Regarding accusations of harassing and imprisoning his opponents, Museveni said only those that broke the law found themselves in fights with security.
Opponents such as Bobi Wine, he said, had defied the set Covid19 rules and “tried to blackmail the country by rioting.”
The president also sounded confident about support from the youths in Uganda, most of whom have only known him as President.
“I am the one who enabled that 80% (youths) to survive childhood diseases. We have given them education and a base for the economy and we have a good budget; we can support them,” he said.