The president of Russia, Mr Vladimir Putin, and the Chinese government have congratulated President Museveni upon re-election in last Thursday’s presidential polls.
In a statement, President Putin said: “Russia and Uganda have a traditionally friendly relationship. I hope your activities as the Head of State will further facilitate the development of mutually beneficial bilateral cooperation in various areas.”
“I wish you success in your work, sound health and well-being,” Mr Putin noted.
Relatedly, at a press briefing in Beijing, the spokesperson of the Chinese Foreign Affairs ministry, Hua Chunying, described Uganda as an “important cooperative partner in East Africa” and the two countries “share a deep, traditional friendship and fruitful cooperation outcomes that benefit both peoples.”
“China congratulates President Museveni on his re-election in the recent presidential election,” Ms Chunying said.
“President Museveni made important contributions to China-Uganda relations. We believe that under his leadership, Uganda will achieve new, greater progress in national development, and the China-Uganda comprehensive cooperative partnership will reach new heights.”
Other leaders who have congratulated Mr Museveni after being elected for a sixth term include Tanzania’s John Pombe Magufuli, President Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta of Kenya, Prime Minister of Ethiopia Abiy Ahmed, and Evariste Ndayishimiye, the President of Burundi, who shared a congratulatory messages.
Museveni was declared the winner of the January 14 poll with 59% of the vote against opposition leader Bobi Wine's 35%.
"Congratulations Hon. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni for being declared the winner of the presidency," President John Magufuli tweeted. "Tanzania will develop our friendship and brotherhood in the wider interests of the people," Tanzanian President John Magufuli said in his message.
Following Museveni's win, there were spontaneous celebrations among Ugandans in Kampala and surrounding areas.