Lanekatuk Memorial, Inc.
Yoweri Kaguta Museveni (born c. 1944) is a Ugandan politician who has been President of Uganda
since 26 January 1986.
Museveni was involved in a war that deposed Idi Amin, ending his rule in 1979, and in the rebellion that
subsequently led to the demise of the Milton Obote regime in 1985.
With the notable exception of northern areas, Museveni has brought relative stability and economic
growth to a country that has endured decades of government mismanagement, rebel activity and civil
war. His tenure has also witnessed one of the most effective national responses to HIV/AIDS in Africa.
In the mid-to-late 1990s, Museveni was lauded by the West as part of a new generation of African
leaders. His presidency has been marred, however, by invading and occupying Congo during the
Second Congo War (the war in the Democratic Republic of Congo which has resulted in an estimated
5.4 million deaths since 1998) and other conflicts in the Great Lakes region. Rebellion in the north of
Uganda by the Lord's Resistance Army continues to perpetuate one of the world's worst humanitarian
crises. Recent developments, including the abolition of presidential term limits before the 2006 elections
and the harassment of democratic opposition, have attracted concern from domestic commentators and
the international community. One-third of Ugandans remain in poverty under the current government.