BIRTHDAY

'You're my cornerstone Maama!': Museveni praises wife as he turns 77

Museveni said he’s looking forward to living 100 years with his wife.

In Summary

•Museveni is one of the longest-serving presidents in Africa.

•He and his National Resistance Movement came to power in 1986 at the end of a five-year war, and have led Uganda ever since.

Uganda's president Yoweri Museveni and wife Janet.
Uganda's president Yoweri Museveni and wife Janet.
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Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and his wife on Wednesday showcased their love on social media as the president turned 77 years.

His wife - Janet - was the first person to send him a love message on Twitter.

“Dear Museveni, we are continually thankful for your life, health, strength and for every kindness of God towards you,” Janet said.

“May the blessings of the Lord always surround and pursue you as you lead our family and lead the country. Have a wonderful birthday and a blessed year.”

Museveni said he’s looking forward to living 100 years with his wife.

“Thank you so much Maama! Even on this day, I continue to praise God for giving me the precious gift that you are,” Museveni tweeted.

“You are my cornerstone, my best friend, my lifelong companion! I look forward to reaching 100 together.”

The Ugandan president further thanked everyone for the warm wishes.

“I told Kasaija (Matia) recently that my daughters were going to kill me before I make 100 years if they continued 'roasting' their hair,” he said.

“They have now made hair like their mother’s. I am safe. Thank you for the wonderful messages on my birthday.”

On June 24, Museveni celebrated his wife when she turned 73.

“Praise the Lord God for the life of Maama Janet and for the many blessings from God in her life. We wish her many more years of health, happiness and service. I am looking forward to reaching 100 together,” Museveni said.

Museveni is one of the longest-serving presidents in Africa.

He and his National Resistance Movement came to power in 1986 at the end of a five-year war, and have led Uganda ever since.

Museveni's supporters praise him for bringing relative peace and prosperity to the country, and in particular for his policies on health.