President Yoweri Museveni has promised to retire and go look after his cows as soon as the East African leaders track the East African Federation and create a Centre of gravity for Africa
Museveni made these remarks on Tuesday while presiding over a ceremony of laying out a foundation stone for the construction of a multi-billion Biological Drugs and RNA vaccine manufacturing facility at Matuga in Wakiso District with Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto
The 76-year old former guerrilla leader further noted his idea of retirement had been ‘held back’ by the creation of the East African Federation, plus what he termed as a centre of gravity in Africa
“Please you, people,” he said.
“I want to go and look after my cows. Create a centre of gravity, I push you there, then I go and look after my cows. I am very glad that His Excellency Ruto and other Kenyan and East African leaders support this idea.”
“In Arusha, they are now talking the same language of a confederation as the first step to the federation,” he said.
This is the second time in less than a year that Museveni is hinting on retiring.
Early this year , Museveni said he would be happy to leave office and focus on his private life if Ugandans rejected him in the election.
“If I lost a fair election, I would accept the result of course because Uganda is not my house,” President Museveni told CNN’s Christian Amanpour in an interview.
“I have got my house, i will go to my house and do my own things if the people of Uganda don’t want me to help them with their issues. I will go deal with my personal issues very happily.”
However, Museveni, who was then serving his sixth term in office, said in the interview that there was nothing wrong with staying for long in power.
He added that while in the past he famously identified Africa’s biggest problem as leaders staying long in office, he only meant those who stick around against democratic rules.
“I said the problem was staying in power for long without democracy; if it is the democratic will of the people… because we have got so many things to deal with, we need all hands on board… there is nothing wrong with that.
Museveni has ruled Uganda for 35-years non-stop, ever since he shot his way to State House in a rebellion that outlasted former presidents Idi Amin, Milton Obote and Yusuf Lule.
He has on two occasions benefitted from a change in the constitution, to alter the presidential term and age limits, so as to extend his stay in power. He is currently serving his sixth term in office which will lead him to a 40 years rule in Uganda