Uhuru was joined by Cabinet Secretaries Raychelle Omamo (Foreign Affairs), Peter Munya (Agriculture), and James Macharia (James Macharia is the new Chairperson of the East African Community) (Infrastructure). The ceremony was conducted at the Kololo Independence Grounds in central Kampala, with heads of state Felix Tshisekedi (DR Congo), Alpha Conde (Guinea), Salva Kiir Mayardit (South Sudan), Hague Geingob (Namibia), and Nana Akufo Addo (Ghana) in attendance.
Others included Zimbabwe's Emmerson Mnangagwa, Somalia's Mohamed Abdullahi Faarmajo, Burundi's Evariste Ndayishimiye, Tanzania's Samia Suluhu Hassan, and Ethiopia's Sahle-Work Zewde (Ethiopia).
During his presidency, Museveni said that Uganda had gone from a country with deficits to one with surpluses in agricultural production and manufacturing.
“In 1986, Uganda was a land of scarcity, with no sugar, soap, paraffin, textiles, salt, sodas, alcohol, or petrol, among other things. Uganda is now a country of surpluses,” he said, citing the small awakening of parts of the population.
The Ugandan president thanked Uhuru and other regional leaders for allowing Ugandan exports such as sugar and maize surpluses to enter their markets.
Simultaneously, Museveni chastised unidentified international powers for continuing to lecture African countries on good governance, claiming that some of them may not have the continent's best interests at heart.
“It's very amusing to hear certain people lecturing us about democracy. What qualifications do you have to give us a lesson on democracy? We will show you what we are doing in a polite manner if you want to know, but no lectures,” Museveni advised.
Museveni was re-elected President of Uganda on January 17, 2021, despite his main rival Bobi Wine accusing him of vote fraud.
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