Uganda opposition: president lies about his age

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Posted: Jun 21, 2011 1:37 PM
Uganda opposition: president lies about his age

Ugandan opposition groups are accusing the longtime president of lying about his age to avoid constitutional age limits.

Free Uganda Now leader Brenda Nabukenya said Tuesday during a demonstration in Kampala that President Yoweri Museveni is 73, not in his mid-60s as he claims. She says he is trying to avoid the 75-year-old cutoff for 2016 presidential candidates.

Nabukenya says the group consulted school records and Museveni's former teachers and longtime acquaintances.

Museveni has long been vague about his age, saying he was born around 1945 and is either 66 or 67. Museveni seized power in 1986 and is now in his 26th year in office.

Presidential spokesman Mande Kintu said the leader has always declared his true age and that the group has no capacity to make "appropriate investigations," and is only seeking publicity.