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President Museveni Addresses 2026 Presidential Election Speculation; Calls for Rational Discussion on Transition

Ugandans have enough problems; why am I the focus here, as if I am the problem? When I leave should be discussed rationally

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By Ivan Kaahwa

In response to journalist Elizabeth Kamurungi of the Daily Monitor, President Museveni refrained from confirming his candidacy for the 2026 presidential election.

When asked about Uganda’s history of non-peaceful power transitions, the president emphasized the need for a measured discussion at the appropriate time. President Museveni expressed his concern about such inquiries raising blood pressure, stating, “Ugandans have enough problems; why am I the focus here, as if I am the problem? When I leave should be discussed rationally.” He highlighted that the decision for 2026 would be made, emphasizing that transitions occur every five years.

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