July 22 (Reuters ) - Uganda's Yoweri Museveni, one of
Africa's longest serving leaders, looks likely to win
re-election in 2011 with little challenge to his rule.
Here are some notable quotes from the former rebel:
* "The problem of Africa in general and Uganda in particular
is not the people but leaders who want to overstay in power," --
Museveni says after seizing power in 1986.
* "Longevity without democracy was what I meant ... if the
people are renewing my mandate in a free election, then I
wouldn't put it in that category. I was talking about
dictatorship," -- he clarifies his position after polls in 2006.
* "We, the freedom fighters of Africa, lost confidence long
ago in the international community. If the international
community has lost confidence in us, then that is a compliment
because they are habitually wrong," -- Museveni rejects
criticism ahead of the last presidential election in Feb. 2006.
* "The Western countries do not listen carefully. They are
full of themselves, they think they know everything. That's why
they make mistakes," -- Museveni criticises donors in Jan. 2007.
* "We are very happy with the food problem. Why? Because we
produce enough food but our problem has been marketing. We
produce 10 million metric tonnes of bananas but a lot of it
rots," -- Museveni sees an upside to the global food crisis.
* "The problems of Africa are not lack of forests but lack
of factories, real estate, professional services," -- Museveni
defends plans in Dec. 2006 to slash part of a rainforest reserve
to make way for a sugar plantation.
* "I don't see how anybody in Europe or outside Africa can
demonise the leader of a liberation movement ... These are the
founding fathers of Africa, you can't demonise these people," --
he says during a rare state visit to Zimbabwe in Oct. 2004.
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(Writing by Daniel Wallis)
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