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East Africa plan keeps Museveni in power

Discussion in 'International Forum' started by ByaseL, Oct 16, 2012.

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    President Museveni told a fellow African leader several years ago that he was not yet ready to leave power because he had a pending “vision” for East Africa to realise.
    This revelation, whereas not entirely unexpected, offers new insights in understanding the President’s apparent reluctance to retire, more than 26 years after he said Africa’s problem was leaders who overstayed in power.

    Mr Festus Mogae, the former President of Botswana, in recollections of their conversations while he was still President said Mr Museveni held a reluctant viewpoint on the subject of restoration of presidential term limits.

    “We had chats about term limits,” Mr Mogae told this newspaper by telephone from London, adding: “He (Museveni) said he had a vision for East Africa which he wants to achieve.”The 2008 Mo Ibrahim Prize winner did not elaborate on Mr Museveni’s East African ‘vision’, but praised him for “doing many good things; he has achieved reconciliation and [re-built] the economy, which is up and running”.

    The Ugandan leader has, since the 1990s when the East African Community was revived, initially for an expanded regional market, been at the forefront of the campaign to fast-track the political federation.