President of Uganda Yoweri K Museveni – Fast Facts
Here is a look at the life Yoweri Museveni, president of Uganda.
Birth Date: 1944
Birth Place: Ntungamo, Uganda
Birth Name: Yoweri Kaguta Museveni
Father: Amos Kaguta, a cattle keeper
Mother: Esteri Kokundeka
Marriage: Janet (Kataaha) Museveni (1973 – present)
Children: one son, three daughters
Education: Dar Es Salaam University (Tanzania), B.A., Economics, 1970
1970 – Returns to Uganda after college and works for Prime Minister Milton Obote.
January 25, 1971 – Goes into exile in Tanzania when Obote is overthrown by Idi Amin. While in Tanzania, forms the Front for National Salvation (FRONASA) with the purpose of overthrowing Amin.
April 1979 - FRONASA overthrows Amin and Museveni takes a position on the Military Commission, the newly formed government of Uganda.
1979-1980 – Minister of Defense, Uganda.
1981-1986 – Guerilla leader (National Resistance Army) in Uganda.
January 26, 1986 – Becomes President of Uganda after ousting the military regime of Gen. Tito Okello. Is sworn in January 29.
May 1996 – Is elected President of Uganda with 74.2% of the vote in the first direct presidential election in Uganda since independence from Britain in 1962.
March 24, 1998 – U.S. President Bill Clinton meets with Museveni in Uganda.
March 2001 – Is re-elected President of Uganda with 69.3% of the vote.
May 6, 2002 – Meets with U.S. President George W. Bush at the White House to discuss ways to get more Ugandan products into the U.S. market.
July 11, 2003 – President George W. Bush meets with Museveni in Entebbe, Uganda to speak about AIDS.
August 2005 – Uganda’s parliament removes presidential term limits.
February 25, 2006 – Yoweri Museveni is declared the winner of elections in Uganda. It is his third term in office.
August 2006 – The Ugandan government and the Lord’s Resistance Army sign a truce aimed at ending 20 years of civil war in the country. The war has killed tens of thousands and displaced two million people.
October 30, 2007 – Museveni meets with President George W. Bush at the White House.
November 2010 – Museveni releases a song and accompanying music video entitled “U Want Another Rap?” as part of his re-election campaign.
November 29, 2010 – Museveni takes a surprise trip to Somalia, making him the first head of state to visit in almost 20 years, according to the African Union Mission for Somalia.
February 20, 2011 – Uganda’s electoral commission declares Museveni the winner with 68% of the vote. It is his fourth term in office.CNN