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My message to youth: Yoweri Museveni
Yoweri Museveni
Museveni has been Ugandan president since 1986
As part of the Generation Next season, the BBC has been asking famous figures for their thoughts about childhood - both their own and what they think of young people now.

Here, Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni gives his view.

The children in Uganda are now much freer than we were.

They are very free and they talk freely.

When we tell them about Amin and those days of terror, they cannot believe it. They take freedom for granted.

We are now more commercialised. When I was growing up, we were still in a traditional economy, where there was little use of money.

But now there is more commercialisation.

My watershed moment was when I was no longer a child - I was a young adult - and it was the overthrow of the 1966 Constitution of Uganda by the then Prime Minister.

When he used the army to overthrow it, that was the landmark as far as I was concerned.

If that had not happened, I would have lived a peaceful life. I would never have gone into fighting.

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