THE President of the European Commission, Mr JosÃ© Manuel DurÃ£o Barroso, has congratulated President Yoweri Museveni on his victory in last weekâ€™s presidential elections.
In a statement on Thursday, Barrosso, on behalf of the European Union (EU) said Ugandans had expressed their political preference and they hoped that under Museveniâ€™s new leadershi, Uganda would continue with poverty eradication for sustainable development.
â€œUgandans have had the opportunity to express their political preference at the polls. The European Union remains committed in supporting Ugandaâ€™s efforts to eradicate poverty and bring sustainable development.
â€œWe look forward to finding solutions, with you, to the political, social and economic challenges and to promoting peace, development and democracy in Uganda and the region as a whole,â€ he said.
Barroso said he looked forward to continuing the open and frank dialogue with the Government.
NRM celebrates victory
Yoweri Kaguta Museveni had a pulsating welcome back to the capital Kampala yesteray on his maiden public appearance as the newly elected President.
Museveni braved a ten hour drive from his country home in Ntungamo to Kampala, making various stop-overs at Mbarara, Lyantode, Lwengo, Nyendo and Lukaya where thousands of supporters poured into the streets to congratulate him amidst chants of â€œAkomyewo Paka Lastâ€.
At national celebrations to mark his victory at Kololo grounds, Museveni expressed his gratitude to the people of Uganda for the trust and confidence they vested in him by re-electing him President for the 2011 â€“ 2016 five-year term. He said this would enable him consolidate the gains and ensure transformation, job creation and industrialization.
He had a sweeping victory in the February 18 polls in which he garnered 68.38 percent of the vote.
As he made stop-overs, supporters were particularly excited that the president took time to ask for their vote individually by phone. He followed that by thanking a the electorate in Uganda for their wise voting through the use of short message services (SMS).
In one of the messages, Museveni says; â€œNze Muzeyi oweâ€™kikofiira. Weebale kunonda neâ€™kibiina kyange ekya NRM. Nsaba tukolere wamu ku lwobulungi bwa Uganda. Tuyoogeyoge ku buwanguzi bwa NRM,â€ (Am the old man with a hat. I want to thank you for voting for me and my party the NRM. I urged you to work together with me for the good of our country).
EU congratulates Museveni