President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has hinted at vying for the presidency for the seventh time in the 2026 elections. The president asserted that his good health and undeniable physical stability are not up for debate.
The president expressed readiness to seek another term in the 2026 presidential elections while addressing thousands of students from different schools who were part of the patriotism program, at the Kololo Ceremonial Grounds.
The 79-year-old president disclosed that he has never sipped alcohol, smoked cigarettes, or any other substances that are illegal for human health and cautioned learners against abusing such stimulants.
“I am now approaching 80 years, but you see, you want me to continue leading the country. This is because I am fit; I am healthy. If I were sick in a wheelchair, you would not be disturbing me. You tell me that because I still have some strength. That is because I don’t take alcohol. It is very dangerous for the body. I also don’t smoke cigarettes, let alone those other poisons that you take,” said Museveni.
The President also cautioned the youths against other dangerous habits such as engaging in prostitution and fornication which might expose them to sexually transmitted diseases. He thus implored the youngsters to take charge of their lives and guard against temptations that would jeopardize their futures.
“When you love yourself you take care of yourself so that you do not run into trouble,” he said.
Although President Museveni has long rejected public discourse about the 2026 election amid reports that his son Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba wants to jump into the fray, it is understood that most of the top NRM leaders and key figures in the UPDF are bent on having him seek another term.
Museveni has been the president of Uganda since 1986, making him the longest-serving leader in the country’s history, surpassing Idi Amin’s rule from 1971 to 1979.
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