Ugandan leader Yoweri Museveni begins six-day trek through jungle

Presidents critics decry plan to retrace steps of his guerrilla forces that seized power in 1986

The Ugandan president, Yoweri Museveni, began a six-day march through the jungle on Saturday to retrace the steps of his guerrilla forces when they seized power three decades ago

Museveni is one of Africas longest-ruling leaders. He seized power in 1986 after taking part in rebellions to end the rule of Idi Amin and Milton Obote, and is expected to seek a sixth term in office in elections due in 2021. Critics dismissed the march as an attempt to rally support ahead of the poll.

Museveni began what will be a 120-mile (195-kilometre) walk from Galamba, north of Kampala, to Birembo, south of the capital where his rebel army faced one of its toughest battles in the fight to overthrow Obote.

The great trek started today and will last six days. This is a journey that the president is leading, a journey through the past to appreciate the present, Musevenis senior press secretary, Don Wanyama, said.

The journey will take a week through the jungle, a route the liberators led by Museveni took to liberate the country.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jan/04/yoweri-museveni-begins-six-day-trek-through-uganda-jungle

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