President Yoweri Museveni has Monday agreed to stand for President in “2021 and beyond” as recommended by the party’s top organ, Central Executive Committee (CEC) and the National Resistance Movement (NRM) Parliamentary Caucus.
While in a retreat at Chobe Safari Lodge in Nwoya district in February, CEC resolved to “emphatically recommend to the members of the movement and its organs” that President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni “continues leading the movement and the state in 2021 and beyond.”
The resolution was over the weekend supported and passed by NRM MPs who are currently in a retreat at the National Leadership Institute (NALI), Kyankwanzi.
“We are at the most critical and delicate juncture in the process of transformation of our country. This cannot be the point to let go our visionary and unifier. We need Mzee now, than before,” the NRM caucus resolved.
They said the President’s wisdom and guidance are still paramount as the country executes a qualitative leap from backwardness to modernity, and that they need Museveni’s firm guidance in this dawn of the digital, nuclear and space age.
On Monday afternoon, the President who expressed pleasure with the legislators for forwarding his name to hold the party’s flag, said together with the party membership coupled with the assured economic recovery, NRM was destined to deliver the country to a higher levels.
“Am therefore very pleased with your confidence in me and since i am still very able and I happen to be among the most conversant with this journey, I happily agree to serve,” the President told NRM legislators at Kyankwanzi.
“I am very convinced that together we can make NRM invulnerable, not vulnerable to any attack when we budget well, deal with the issues of the youth and job creation among others,” he added.
On mentioning that he had accepted to stand again in 2021, the lawmakers and the ministers would be seen singing and dancing in jubilation.
On a mission oriented leadership, the President said he was confident that there are very many good steps already implemented in a very positive direction.
The party’s National Delegates Conference and the National Executive Committee (NEC) are expected to sit in the coming months to discuss the same and if passed, it will see Museveni run for presidency for the sixth consecutive term since 1996 when first elections were held.
He has been leading Uganda for over three decades.
In June last year, court in Uganda cleared the way for President Yoweri Museveni, 74, to run again for presidency, when it upheld a constitutional amendments by Parliament that scrapped presidential age limits in December 2017.
Previously, the law required presidential contenders to be under the age of 75 and this would have blocked Museveni, from seeking re-election in 2021.