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?”