Museveni should not cling onto power, Raila says
03 September 2015, 19:01
Nairobi - CORD leader Raila Odinga has called on Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and other leaders in the region not to cling onto power.
The Ugandan President as well as his Rwandese counterpart Paul Kagame have been linked with extended terms in office in recent times, following in the footsteps of Burundi's Pierre Nkurunzinza.
According to Raila though, the two, who have been great leaders for their respective countries would set a bad precedent for the future.
He was speaking at Strathmore University in Nairobi Thursday during a public lecture.
" I think that such a move would represent the beginning of a big problem for African nations," he said.
" My brother Museveni and Paul Kagame have been examples of leaders that have succeeded in improving the status of their respective countries and bringing stability. They have had great legacies in place."
" By clinging onto power, they risk doing what others have done elsewhere. They breed discontent and hatred and risk soiling their legacies," he added.
The two Presidents have stated that they will go with the wishes of the people of their respective countries who have in large supported their clamour for extended terms.
The comments though will likely spark a new set of war of words between Raila and Museveni, who not too long ago went at each other over the controversial Kenya-Uganda sugar deal.
Kagame has already had his run in with Kenyans on social media who had laughed off his move to take an extra term in office.
Nkurunzinza on his part has already suffered a coup over the extension which could mean that Africans are not too keen on the move for extended terms.
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