Yoweri Kaguta Museveni


Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is the son of both Amos Kaguta, a cattle keeper and Esteri Kokundeka.

Born 15 September 1944, Museveni, is a Ugandan politician who has been President of Uganda since 1986.

Museveni was involved in rebellions that toppled notorious Ugandan leaders Idi Amin (1971–79) and Milton Obote (1980–85) before capturing power in 1986. In the mid to late 1990s, Museveni was celebrated by the West as part of a new generation of African leaders but things seem to be fast changing.

During Museveni’s presidency, Uganda has experienced relative peace and significant success in battling HIV/AIDS. At the same time, Uganda remains a country suffering from high levels of corruption, unemployment and poverty.

Museveni’s presidency has been marred by involvement in the civil war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and other Great Lakes region conflicts; the rebellion in Northern Uganda by the Lord’s Resistance Army which caused a drastic humanitarian emergency; and the suppression of political opposition and constitutional amendments scrapping presidential term limits (2005) and the presidential age limit (2017), thus enabling the extension of his rule.

These have been a concern to domestic and foreign commentators who say anything that Museveni finds against his regime.

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