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Hii imeenda! Uganda vice-president endorses Museveni’s 2026 presidential bid

Uganda vice president Jessica Alupo says President Museveni will contest for the top seat in the 2026 polls.

As reported by the Observer, Ms Alupo, made the announcement during her remarks at the celebrations to mark three and a half decades of the Entebbe Church of Uganda Archdeaconry.

She also praised Museveni’s leadership, stating the 78-year-old Head of State had enabled the country to register growth in the road, industry, power, and ICT sectors.

She urged Ugandans to support the President as he bids to eradicate poverty.

“From your faces and body language I can see you are ready to give him more time in State House…Pulezidenti Yoweri Kaguta Museveni ajja kuba naffe mu 2026 mu kulonda era wakubawo nga okulonda kuwedde! Nsaba mu muwagile nga mwebadde mukola bulijjo [President Museveni will still be with us in 2026 and he will contest and be there after the elections. Please, support him like you have always done.]”

The VP’s declaration could pit father against son, as Museveni’s controversial laden son General Muhoozi Kainerugaba has also declared his interest in vying for the seat in 2026.

In a series of posts on Twitter, Muhoozi, a General in Uganda’s Army, explained he would contest the presidency as a gift to his mother.

“The only way I can repay my great mother is by being President of Uganda! And I shall definitely do it!!” He tweeted.

Other than Alupo, Buganda region youth leaders have also endorsed President Museveni as the sole candidate for the 2026 general election.

The law allows President Museveni, whose ruled the country for three and a half decades, to contest for a sixth term following the removal of the term and age limits.

Should he make it to the ballot, Museveni will be the longest serving President in East Africa, and the third in Africa after Cameroon’s Paul Biya and Equatorial Guinea’s Teodoro Mbasogo.

Opposition leaders Kizza Besigye and Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine are tipped to challenge Museveni and Muhoozi for the presidency.

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