In a spirited address at the Kololo Ceremonial Grounds, President Yoweri Museveni conveyed his preparedness to embark on another presidential term in the upcoming 2026 elections.
The President, showcasing his robust physical health, attributed the clamor for his continued leadership to his unwavering stamina, emphasizing his vitality at the age of 79.
Speaking to a multitude of students participating in the patriotism program, Museveni urged the youth to seize control of their destinies and remain vigilant against temptations that could jeopardize their futures.
Drawing from his own example, he underscored his fitness at nearly 80 years old, citing abstinence from alcohol and other detrimental substances as the key contributors to his well-being.
“I am now going to be 80 years old, but you hear you are asking me to continue leading the war. This is because I am fit; I am not sick,” asserted Museveni. He emphasized the dangers of alcohol consumption and smoking, urging the youth to prioritize their health.
Addressing broader concerns, the President cautioned against risky behaviors such as fornication, emphasizing the importance of self-love and responsible choices to avoid potential pitfalls, including sexually transmitted diseases.
While President Museveni has previously refrained from engaging in public discussions about the 2026 election, speculation persists amid reports of his son, Gen Muhoozi Kairugaba, considering entry into the political arena.
Despite this, influential figures within the National Resistance Movement (NRM) and the Uganda People’s Defense Force (UPDF) remain steadfast in their support for Museveni’s potential candidacy, highlighting a prevailing sentiment for continuity in leadership.