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Yoweri Museveni

President of Uganda
Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.jpg

Yoweri Museveni (born 1944) has been President of Uganda since a military takeover on 26 January 1986. He is the leader of the ruling NRM Party and was democratically elected as President in 1996, 2001, 2006 and 2011.


  • This is not a mere change of guards, I think this is a fundamental change in the politics of our government.
    • Spoken during his first public speech as President on 26 January 1986, published four days later in the New York Times Newspaper
  • Some people say accident, it may be an accident, it may be something else. The (helicopter) was very well equipped, this was my (helicopter) the one I am flying all the time, I am not ruling anything out. Either the pilot panicked... either there was some side wind or the instruments failed or there was an external factor.
  • Even when we were still fighting in the bush against the oppressive dictatorships of Idi Amin and Milton Obote, we introduced elections for the committees of the villages under our control.
  • In 1972, Idi Amin expelled 80,000 [Ugandan] Indians and confiscated their 4,000 properties. Now, after returning those properties to their rightful owners, we have ensured that security of persons and property are guaranteed under the constitution.
  • Africa is wealthy in natural resources; the problem is they are not optimally utilized.
  • When we sell a kilo of bean coffee in Uganda, we get one dollar per kilo. The same kilo, when it is processed [and sold in Britain], goes for $10, $11 or even more a kilo. That is the same situation [price disparity] that goes for all raw materials.
  • I've never heard an agency say, 'Unless you industrialize I will not support you.
  • We fought a lonely battle against terrorism sponsored by Sudan, and we have defeated it; we cannot be intimidated by any force. For us our guide is the Constitution of Uganda and the laws there under.
  • I shall not be deterred by people who don't see where the future of Africa lies. It is the short-sighted people who put their opinions in writing. They don't understand that the future of all countries lies in processing.
  • The island is in Kenya, the water is in Uganda... But the [Luos, a Kenyan ethnic group] are mad, they want to fish here but this is Uganda.
  • One of Museveni's defining early pronouncements was his diagnosis of Africa's problem. Africa's problem, he would say, was leaders who did not want to leave power.
  • Some people think that being in government for a long time is a bad thing. But the more you stay, the more you learn. I am now an expert in governance.
  • Of course. They're disgusting. What sort of people are they? I never knew what they were doing. I've been told recently that what they do is terrible. Disgusting.

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