Several leaders including President Evariste Ndayishimiye and South Sudan’s Salva Kiir, have congratulated President Museveni upon re-election in last week’s presidential polls.
President Museveni’s re-election with 58.6 percent of the vote, to Wine’s 34.8 percent, came after the most violent election campaign in recent years, with the harassment of the opposition, media and deaths of scores of Wine’s supporters.
“Under your leadership, Uganda has remained a key regional partner both in economic and peace support in the region. The people of South Sudan are particularly grateful for your contribution to the restoration of peace in our country as exemplified by Uganda’s position as one of our peace guarantors,” South Sudan’s Salva Kiir said in his congratulatory message.
He added: Your election victory is a testament of trust that National Resistance Movement has earned from Ugandans
President Uhuru Kenyatta said : “Uganda had achieved stability and registered consistent economic growth under President Museveni, and assured of Kenya’s commitment to continue partnering with Uganda in advancing regional and continental integration agenda through the East African Community, the African Union and other multilateral platforms.
Burundi’s Evariste Ndayishimiye hailed Ugandans for making a “tremendous choice” that will strengthen Uganda and Museveni’s contribution to the East African Community.
In a brief statement, president of Russia, Mr Vladimir Putin said: “Russia and Uganda have a traditionally friendly relationship. I hope your activities as the Head of State will further facilitate the development of mutually beneficial bilateral cooperation in various areas.”
“I wish you success in your work, sound health and well-being,” Mr Putin said
At a press briefing on Monday in Beijing, the spokesperson of the Chinese Foreign Affairs ministry, Hua Chunying, said “China congratulates President Museveni on his re-election in the recent presidential election,”
He described Uganda as an “important cooperative partner in East Africa” and the two countries “share a deep, traditional friendship and fruitful cooperation outcomes that benefit both peoples.”
He added: President Museveni made important contributions to China-Uganda relations. We believe that under his leadership, Uganda will achieve new, greater progress in national development, and the China-Uganda comprehensive cooperative partnership will reach new heights.
Meanwhile, United States and UK governments called for independent, credible, impartial, and thorough investigations into what the two countries descried as credible reports of security force violence during the pre-election period and election irregularities during the polls