On Friday July 31, 70 year old Yoweri Museveni accompanied by hundreds of supporters picked up a form to run for reelection as President of Uganda in the coming elections set to hold in 2016.
He addressed his party officials and supporters afterwards saying he was asked by his party and members across the country to offer himself for the position.
“The historicals [party leaders] agreed that as a way forward, I come and pick these nominations forms and I offer myself for the position of party chairman and NRM presidential candidate for the period 2015-2021,”
The 70 year-old has been president of Uganda for 29 years, after he came into power through a coup in 1986. The first democratic elections under his rule in 1996 where he defeated his opponents. and since then has been reelected 3 more times.
When If he wins the election in 2016, his total rule will add up to be 34 years in power.
A recent poll suggests that 71% of Ugandans will vote for him again for another term.
The elections will see Museveni challenged by his longtime rival Kizza Besigye who has been campaigning against him since 2001, and another contestant, Amama Mbabazi, a former prime minister.