Museveni: How to win friends and influence the youth

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by bbcafrica

Yoweri Museveni, Uganda’s septuagenarian president, has been speaking about the strategy he uses to win over young people on social media – including those who “abuse me, saying you are very stupid”.

His strategy, he said, was to stay engaged in robust debates so as to convince his critics.

“I don’t have to fight with these children to win them over, and when I send messages to answer them when there were 10 who were attacking me, only six remain, four answer back saying the old man has made a good point.”

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Mr Museveni has ruled Uganda since 1986 and will stand for a sixth term in next year’s election.

Among those planning to run against him is musician-turned-politician Bobi Wine, 38, who is popular with the youth.Article share tools