Uganda’s Museveni says it is not a bad thing to be president for a very long time

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During this year’s State of the Nation address, Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni remarked that being a president for a very long time is not a bad thing.

The 72-year-old leader who is also one of the longest serving African president made the remark in the address in the country’s parliament that lasted for three-hours due to heckling by the opposition, local media reports.

“Being president for a very long time is not a bad thing. That is why I am experienced … Even if you woke me up at night, I will tell you what is happening,” he remarked amid opposition rants.

“If you want to be a leader, you should avoid prejudice because prejudice can make you live with envy; you will end up getting high blood pressure,” The Observer quoted him.

Museveni who has been in power for 31 years has always found a way to justify his presidency.

The Ugandan president in the address outlined peace, de­vel­op­ment of the in­fra­struc­ture and the hu­man re­source; wealth cre­ation, job cre­ation, and mar­ket ac­cess as the five key is­sues that will be ma­jor dri­vers to­wards economic sta­bil­ity for his coun­try.

In 2016 ahead of the general elections which he won he was quoted as saying: “This old man who has saved the country, how do you want him to go? How can I go out of a banana plantation I have planted that has started bearing fruits?”