Renowned opposition figures stayed mute while little was heard- from outspoken activists in the nation as President Yoweri Tibuhaburwa Kaguta Museveni took his oath of presidency to extend his rule to 40 years by 2026.
Running on a victory he bagged through a contested January 14 election, the President on May 12 said ‘‘elections are over! Let us get down to work, so as to chase poverty from your homes.’’
‘‘Engage in commercial agriculture, counting profitability, industries and services,’’ he urged.
The election runner-up, Mr Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine was unobtrusively out of sight and seemingly out of voice by closure of the ceremony at Kololo with his National Unity Platform (NUP) party members opting for Godly intervention.
‘‘We had planned national prayers but security forces disrupted everything. Bobi Wine is okay. Mr Museveni is a coward,’’ NUP spokesperson, Mr Joel Ssenyonyi said in an exclusive phone interview on Wednesday moments after Mr Museveni had taken oath.
Mr Museveni’s fierce critic and four-time presidential candidate, Dr Kizza Besigye who is currently out of the country last made a Tuesday condemnation of the inauguration from abroad saying ‘‘we keep pushing to subdue the gun rule to people rule.’’