Museveni was involved in rebellions that toppled Ugandan leaders Idi Amin (1971–79) and Milton Obote (1980–85) before he captured power in the 1980s.
In the mid- to late 1990s, Museveni was celebrated by the West as part of a new generation of African leaders. During Museveni's presidency, Uganda has experienced relative peace and significant success in battling HIV/AIDS.
Museveni's presidency has been marred by involvement in the civil war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and other Great Lakes region conflicts; the rebellion in Northern Uganda by the Lord's Resistance Army, which caused a humanitarian emergency; and the suppression of political opposition and constitutional amendments scrapping presidential term limits (2005) and the presidential age limit (2017).
This week, Ugandan's will go to the polls. President Yoweri Museveni, who has been in power for 35 years, is facing a strong challenge from Bobi Wine, a young singer turned politician who's half his age. NPR's Africa correspondent Eyder Peralta is in Uganda's capital of Kampala, and he interviewed the president, and he joins us now with this exclusive. And, Eyder, where did you meet the president?
Most Ugandans want to vote for Bobi whose wife was stripped and Tortured by police READ HERE
According to reports, Ugandans accused their president of Dictatorship and human rights violation and want him out of power.
Ugandans go to the polls on January 14, with Wine and nine other candidates challenging incumbent President Yoweri Museveni, commander-in-chief of the military, who has been in power since 1986, a tenure marked by an assault on democracy, critics say.
In 2005, the Ugandan parliament removed presidential term limits to allow Museveni to remain in office. During the 2016 election his closest competitor, opposition leader Kizza Besigye, was put under "preventive arrest" at his home in Kampala, along with six officials from his party.