KAMPALA, May 13, 2016(Xinhua) -- Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni (1st L, front) participates in the inauguration ceremony in Kampala, Uganda, May 12, 2016. Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Thursday was sworn in for another five year term of office. (Xinhua)
KAMPALA, May 13, 2016(Xinhua) -- Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni (1st L, front) participates in the inauguration ceremony in Kampala, Uganda, May 12, 2016. Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Thursday was sworn in for another five year term of office. (Xinhua)

Uganda on Monday marked its 55th independence anniversary from British colonial rule.

The country’s President Yoweri Museveni used the national celebration held in the western district of Bushenyi to warn opposition politicians against causing mayhem.

“Uganda’s independence and democracy was bought with blood of our patriots. Therefore no body, no body, no body, will be allowed to undermine it,” Museveni said.

Museveni was reacting to a recent scuffle in Parliament where Opposition legislators protested against the amendment of the country’s constitution to lift the presidential age limit.

The opposition believes that the move is intended to pave way for Museveni to run for another term of office in 2021. Museveni who has been in power since 1986 is now 73 years.

“In the recent past I have seen people who for a long time have claimed to be democrats attempt to violate the right of freedom of expression of the people they don’t agree with,” Museveni said.

“This intolerance is not what we fought for and it will therefore be resisted in the strongest terms possible.”

The ceremony was among others attended by foreign envoys. During the function, people who have contributed to the development of the country were awarded medals.

Uganda gained independence from British colonial rule on October 9, 1962. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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