Yoweri Museveni

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[T]he more you stay, the more you learn.
I am now an expert in governance.

General Yoweri Kaguta Tibuhaburwa Museveni (born 15 September 1944) is a Ugandan politician and retired senior military officer who has served as President of Uganda since 1986. Museveni was involved in rebellions that toppled Ugandan leaders Idi Amin (1971–79) and Milton Obote (1980–85) before he captured power in 1986.

In the mid- to late 1990s, Museveni was celebrated by the West as part of a new generation of African leaders. Museveni's presidency has been marred by involvement in the Congo wars, the Rwandan Civil War, 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).


  • We fought a lonely battle against terrorism sponsored by Sudan, and we have defeated it; we cannot be intimidated by any force. For us our guide is the Constitution of Uganda and the laws there under.
    • Assuring Ugandans that nobody can disrupt their peace (26 November 2007), [1]


  • This is not a mere change of guards, I think this is a fundamental change in the politics of our government.


  • Some people say accident; it may be an accident. It may be something else. The [helicopter] was very well equipped, this was my [helicopter] the one I am flying all the time, I am not ruling anything out. Either the pilot panicked... [E]ither there was some side wind or the instruments failed or there was an external factor.
  • I shall not be deterred by people who don't see where the future of Africa lies. It is the short-sighted people who put their opinions in writing. They don't understand that the future of all countries lies in processing.
  • You cannot, for instance, sustainably protect the environment if the majority of the people are still in primitive agriculture leading to the encroachment of forest reserves.
  • The island is in Kenya, the water is in Uganda... But the [Luos, a Kenyan ethnic group] are mad, they want to fish here but this is Uganda.


  • Some people think that being in government for a long time is a bad thing. But the more you stay, the more you learn. I am now an expert in governance.
  • Of course. They're disgusting. What sort of people are they? I never knew what they were doing. I've been told recently that what they do is terrible. Disgusting.


  • If there is no bread eat mwogo (cassava). Africans really confuse themselves. You’re complaining that there's no bread or wheat, please eat mwogo. I don’t eat bread myself...
    • As quoted in "If there’s no bread eat cassava - Museveni tells Ugandans" [2] (01 May 2022), by Job Bwire,The Daily Monitor
  • The western countries should stop wasting the time of humanity by trying to impose their practices on other people.
    Homosexuals are deviations from the normal. Why? Is it by nature or by nurture? We need to answer those questions. We need a medical opinion on that.

Quotes about Museveni