Heavy Security as President Museveni swears in

The inauguration of president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has taken place in Kololo, Uganda with Museveni being sworn in for his sixth term. The ceremony was graced with dignitaries from various African countries including six presidents and a delegation from Kenya. Museveni won the hotly contested 2020 general election by a landslide beating the now opposition leader Bobi Wine who termed the Elections as illegal and that they were marred with irregularities and malpractices.

During his inauguration today, Wednesday 12th 2021, the president of Uganda was sworn in by the Chief Justice and handed over the symbols of power. When it came to inspecting the guard of honor, Museveni was seen getting into the presidential vehicle and he inspected the officers while in it. The armored military vehicle was heavily guarded with armed soldiers walking on either side of the vehicle while others were with him inside.

President Museveni inspecting the guard of honor while on an armored vehicle during his sixth inauguration ceremony.

It is not clear why president Museveni preferred to inspect the guard of honor while in a vehicle but theoretically, he might have done it due to the coronavirus. Uganda had reported the Indian variant recently and maybe he was taking a precautionary measure. But in any case, the officers had masks on and there was social distancing. His armored Presidential Carrier seemingly also experienced difficulties trying to navigate through corners in order to inspect every row of the standing army Officers.

In his other five Inauguration ceremonies, Museveni has always walked while inspecting the officers, just like other African Presidents. The president had deployed the military in the streets of Uganda in order to ensure that his Inauguration is as peaceful as possible after likely foreseeing threats from the opposition led by Bobi Wine.

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Frank Fremer is a seasoned journalist, blogger and political analyst for over a decade in Uganda

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