KAMPALA, Uganda – Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni once was an idealistic former Marxist rebel who denounced power-hogging African leaders. Nearly three decades later, Museveni is accused by some in the opposition — and others who served prominently under him — of becoming the very politician he once despised.
He travels the world in a private jet paid for by taxpayers and recently added two new Mercedes Benz limousines to his convoy. Some in Uganda also worry that Museveni is trying to groom his son as the country's future leader.
Museveni said in 1986 that Africa's problem is not the people but leaders who overstay their turn.
Mwambutsya Ndebesa, a professor of political history at Uganda's Makerere University, said it now appears that Museveni is determined to stay in power at all costs.