Museveni Still Fit? President Juggles Ball to Score Goal against Age Limit

When the issue of Uganda’s three-decade ruler Yoweri Museveni’s age, overstay in power and fitness to lead come up, the former bush war general will openly display his physical fitness to drive a point home.

In November 2015, on his nomination as the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party flag bearer for last year’s presidential elections, Museveni ran to the podium to show all and sundry that he was fit.

On February 11, 2016 while returning from a presidential rally in Makindye division of Kampala city, Museveni joined a team of lads playing football.

The president juggled the ball and chatted with the kids.

Now the debate on removing the age limit is taking centre stage, just less than four years to the next election, and Museveni has not hesitated to make his point.

Article 102b of Uganda’s constitution bars anyone below 35 years and over 75 from standing for president.

Born in 1944, Museveni will be over 75 years in 2021 when Uganda next goes to the polls.

He can only extend his 35-year rule beyond 2021 if the age limit is removed.

The president recently said the debate on age limit was mere nonsense and a wastage of time.

But Museveni’s latest gesture points to a post-2021 presidency – why else would he want to show the world he is still fit?

President Museveni is picture juggling a ball after meeting SportsPesa officials and Federation of Uganda Football Association (Fufa) officials at State House Entebbe.

“The SportPesa group seeks to help the government empower the youth through football and increase revenue by strictly regulating betting,” State House said in a statement.

“The visiting delegation handed President Museveni a gift of a ball and jersey autographed by the Everton Football Club manager Ronald Koeman.”

Marion Ayebazibwe