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Winnie Byanyima Speaks out on 2021 Presidency Reports

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Winnie Byanyima, wife to Uganda’s opposition doyen Dr Kizza Besigye, has opened up on reports that she plans to stand for president in 2021.

Winnie Byanyima, the Oxfam Executive Director, has endured the defeat of her husband Besigye to three-decade president Yoweri Museveni.

Besigye has lost to Museveni four times. But Besigye insists Museveni has always rigged him out.

Byanyima told BBC Hard Talk’s Stephen Sackur Monday morning that she had a bigger assignment to focus on.



“It would be an honor to be asked to lead my country but right now I have an even bigger honor serving Oxfam,” said Byanyima.

This does not really mean that Winnie is not interested in country’s top seat. It only means that she is engaged with Oxfam.

“I am happy, I have just signed an extension to my contract for the next five years.”

Byanyima’s contract will end about a year to Uganda’s general elections in 2021.

It is not clear if Besigye, Winnie’s husband, will stand for president.  Or even if Museveni will seek reelection.

For the latter, Museveni is pushing for the removal of the constitutional age limit in article 102b to be able to stand beyond the age of 75 years.

Some commentators, including government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo, have claimed Besigye is positioning his wife to stand against Museveni. 


Winnie has also rallied Ugandans to continue pushing for the retention of the presidential age limit.

“It is not a partisan issue but a citizen’s issue… So its important that i speak so that Ugandans can rise up and challenge it,” she said.

The consultations stage for the bill to scrap the age limit has just ended.

Parliament is yet to deliberate on the results from the consultations.

Consultations have reportedly been characterised by manipulations to favour the removal.




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