Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni will seek the support of his ruling National Resistance Movement party to run for a fifth term in 2016 elections, presidential spokesman Tamale Mirundi says.
“He will seek party endorsement, which he will get because of his performance,” Mirundi told Bloomberg Businessweek.
“There is no way the party can deny him because he is a winning coach. I am sure he will be there because he hasn’t indicated that he is retiring.”
The plan for Museveni to seek re-election would end media speculation that he’s grooming his son, Brigadier Muhoozi Kaneirugaba, for the position.
Renegade General David Sejusa, a former intelligence chief, fled to Europe after writing a letter published by a local newspaper last year, alleging a plan to assassinate political and military leaders opposed to Museveni being succeeded by Kaneirugaba. The government denied any plot.
Museveni gained power in January 1986 after a five-year guerrilla war and he won elections in 1996, 2001, 2006 and 2011.
The next vote is scheduled before Uganda starts commercial crude production from reserves found in 2006 by Tullow Oil Plc. (TLW) The country, which has sub-Saharan Africa’s fourth-largest oil reserves, is set to start output in 2017.