President Museveni has, in an about-face, told Kenyans that it is beneficial for one person to rule a country for a lengthier period, citing his own 26-year tenure that he said has helped him morph into an expert on governance. A State House statement issued yesterday quoted Mr Museveni, who was chief guest at the inauguration of Great Lakes Universities Education Trust Fund in Kisumu, to have said: African problems are a result of lack of proper research and wrong advice from outsiders. The statement emailed to this newspaper by Deputy Presidential Press Secretary, Ms Lindah Nabusayi, read: President Museveni has defended his long stay in power, saying that it has helped him to learn many things, and he is now an expert in governance. Details of Mr Musevenis speech, but one omitted in the official summary, offer a glimpse into reasons underpinning his reluctance to relinquish power even after being at the helm for slightly over a quarter of a century. He is also one of the longest-serving African leaders, having captured power in 1986 after a five-year guerrilla war. Some people think that being in the government for a long time is a bad thing, this newspapers sister publication, Sunday Nation, quoted Mr Museveni as having said. But the more you stay, the more you learn. I am now an expert in governance. This is the second time in less than a year that Mr Museveni has publicly hinted about his motivation to cling to power and how that has enhanced his ability to lead more effectively. At the height of the walk-to-work demonstrations in April last year, he told a press conference at his country home that he has been around for some time, helping him understand how to deal with Western powers. Some members of the international community had at the time been cited in intelligence dossiers as responsible for instigating the demonstrations as a blind to effect a regime change. Mr Nandala Mafabi, the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament, last evening criticised the Presidents U-turn, saying it manifested his greed for power.