Museveni rejects endorsement of his 2026 sole candidature

Museveni rejects endorsement of his 2026 sole candidature
President Yoweri Museveni

Omoro, Uganda | URN | President Yoweri Museveni on Thursday 23, February 2023 declined to append his signature on an endorsement poster endorsing him for the 2026 elections.

Museveni who has been in power since 1986 was requested by the area leaders and a section of voters in Omoro district to sign a campaign board committing him to contest in the 2026 presidential elections.

The possibility of his son Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba replacing Museveni in 2026 has naturally died down after the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party leadership endorsed him to contest again in the next upcoming elections. 

In his speech, the LC V chairperson Omoro, Douglas Peter Okello noted that he is representing voters in Omoro district who had in their wisdom, taken a decision and endorsed Museveni as the sole candidate for the 2026 general elections.   

Okao who was clad in a yellow NRM T-shirt said that all voters in the 18 administrative units in the district had reached the Museveni sole candidate decision. The president in response said he doesn’t want to be diverted and that there is time for everything, noting that Ugandans should now be focusing on wealth creation through calculative commercialised agriculture.

Okao’s motion was supported by the Omoro district Woman MP Catherine Lamwaka and MK Modern Organics and Natural Products director Pascal Osiri. 

“I don’t want to be diverted into so many other things – I don’t know what! Okay, thank you very much. There is a problem in Apaa, here, where there no problem, work! Now regarding the elections of 2026, I thank you very much for proposing to support your old man, but let’s handle that at the right time. Let’s cook and then dish the food. We’re still cooking. Don’t bring plates when we’re still cooking. So I thank you very much but let’s concentrate on chasing poverty,” said Museveni. 

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The president took time to lecture the electorates on commercial farming on the four-acre model which includes planting an acre of coffee, an acre of fruits, an acre of pasture, and food, commercial agriculture, and irrigation practices in arid conditions. 

Others he said are poultry farming in the backyard for eggs, piggery, fish farming for those near wetlands, and also dairy farming. The president later visited another farm in Paicho sub county, Gulu district, and Oding Youth Skilling Hub in Unyama sub county, Gulu district.