The United Nations (UN) Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, has congratulated President Yoweri Museveni upon his inauguration as President of the Republic of Uganda.
“I wish to congratulate you on your inauguration as President of the Republic of Uganda. It is my sincere hope that the close collaboration between the United Nations and Uganda will continue to be strengthened, including on issues related to regional peace and security as well as refugees, as Uganda continues to be the largest refugee-hosting country in Africa,” Guterres stated.
Guterres’ message was also tweeted by Uganda’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Adonia Ayebare.
According to Guterres’ statement dated May 10, the UN Secretary General reiterated the commitment of the United Nations to continue supporting the commendable efforts of Uganda aimed at achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Guterres joined several other dignitaries who congratulated Museveni, including the UK Premier Boris Johnson and the European Union council president, Charles Michel. Museveni will be sworn in today (May 12) at Kololo ceremonial grounds.
The Electoral Commission chairperson, Justice Simon Byabakama, announced President Museveni the winner of the presidential elections with 58%, beating his other 10 contestants for a sixth term in office.
The National Unity Platform (NUP) leader, who is also the Kyadondo East Member of Parliament, Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine, came second with 35%. The legislator contested the results in court, but he later withdrew the case.
Other candidates were Nobert Mao (Democratic Party), Patrick Amuriat Oboi (Forum for Democratic Change), and Gen. Mugisha Muntu (Alliance for National Transformation).
Others including Lt. Gen. Henry Tumukunde, Joseph Kabuleta, Nancy Kalembe, Willy Mayambala, John Katumba, and Fred Mwesigye stood as independents.