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Not in ICU! Museveni makes first public appearance since contracting coronavirus

Uganda President Yoweri Museveni, 78, made his first public appearance today, a week after first testing positive for coronavirus.

He virtually addressed Parliamentarians during the tabling of the country’s budget, changing his mode of address from the initial plan of speaking from 300 meters to going virtual.

During his address, he thanked everyone who had been praying for him since he was confirmed to have coronavirus as he subtly called out those who thought he was worse off than he originally informed his countrymen.

“I want to thank Ugandans who have been praying for me, I have been seeing you. I appreciate. It’s good to know that I am not as bad as some people try to make me. Some Ugandans appreciate,” said President Museveni according to the Monitor.

His sentiments come amid claims he had been admitted to the intensive care unit to treat the highly infectious virus and any complications it brought about. Nairobi News previously reported that President Museveni especially blasted Kenyans, accusing them of spreading these rumors.

“I also noticed some few individuals from, I think, Kenya, saying that I was in ICU etc.  If I was in ICU, the government would inform the country. What is there to hide? However, I have not been to bed as a sick man in the house here except for sleeping, let alone being in a hospital bed, whether ICU or otherwise. Continue praying, we shall overcome,” said President Museveni earlier this week.

Since testing positive for the virus, President Museveni has been in isolation after his faux pas of giving his State of The Nation address physically. Since then, he has been delegating tasks to his Vice President and Prime Minister as he has continuously been re-testing positive for the virus.

“Since I am not travelling to Kiev and Russia, I will be able to address Parliament tomorrow, virtually, on the budget Day. Otherwise, I had delegated the whole effort to VP Alupo. Now that I am not travelling, she will inspect the Parade for me, take the salute for the march past and I will make my brief remarks at the end of budget speech,” said President Museveni in the new statement.

President Museveni has also been actively keeping Ugandans abreast of his health, revealing the treatments he has been receiving, the visitors and advice he’s given as well as his sentiments on matters of national interest.

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