Museveni is seeking a sixth term in office next year [Screenshot]
SOCHI, RUSSIA – OCTOBER 23, 2019: Uganda’s President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni ahead of the official welcoming ceremony for the heads of state and government of states participating in the Russia-Africa Summit at the Sirius Park of Science and Art. Anton Novoderezhkin/TASS Host Photo Agency (Photo by Anton NovoderezhkinTASS via Getty Images)
ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA – JANUARY 17 : Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni attends a High Level Consultation Meeting with African leaders on DR Congo election at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, on January 17, 2019. (Photo by Minasse Wondimu Hailu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni waits to welcome President of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Felix Tshisekedi prior to his arrival at the state house in Entebbe, Uganda, on November 9, 2019. (Photo by Sumy Sadurni / AFP) (Photo by SUMY SADURNI/AFP via Getty Images)
KAMPALA, Nov. 28, 2019 — Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni speaks during the 2019 Africa-China Poverty Reduction and Development Conference in Kampala, Uganda, Nov. 28, 2019. Government representatives, experts and private sector delegates from Africa and China on Thursday kicked off a two-day meeting aimed at sharing experiences and best practices in alleviating poverty in Africa. (Photo by Hajarah Nalwadda/Xinhua via Getty Images)
Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni waits for Ethiopia’s Prime Minister before a welcome ceremony at State House in Entebbe on June 8, 2018. (Photo by Sumy SADRUNI / AFP) (Photo credit should read SUMY SADRUNI/AFP/Getty Images)
Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni dons a jacket with a hoot, explaining to motorbike taxi drivers how not to wear them, as he gives a state of security address during a special session of the Parliament in Kampala on June 20, 2018. – Museveni’s address comes following reports of increased kidnapings and murder that have left citizens in fear. (Photo by Sumy Sadurni / AFP) (Photo credit should read SUMY SADURNI/AFP/Getty Images)
Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni arrives for a group picture during the 10th BRICS summit (acronym for the grouping of the world’s leading emerging economies, namely Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) on July 27, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by MIKE HUTCHINGS / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read MIKE HUTCHINGS/AFP/Getty Images)
In this handout photo provided by Uganda’s Presidential Press Unit, Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni performs push-ups in a video released to the public via the president’s social media accounts, at State House in Entebbe, Uganda Thursday, April 9, 2020. Uganda’s 75-year-old president has released a homemade exercise video to show skeptical countrymen that one can stay in shape under the lockdown that has been implemented to curb transmission of the new coronavirus. (Uganda Presidential Press Unit via AP)
Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni arrives for the swearing-in ceremony of Cyril Ramaphosa at Loftus Versfeld stadium in Pretoria, South Africa, Saturday May 25, 2019. Ramaphosa has vowed to crack down on the corruption that contributed to the ruling ANC’ s weakest election showing in a quarter-century. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has released a video to encourage people to keep fit at home under lockdown, after banning outdoor exercise in a bid to halt the spread of the new coronavirus.
In a two-minute and 25-second video published on Thursday, the 75-year-old appears barefoot in a spacious office with a plush red carpet, wearing a grey tracksuit.
“It’s good to go outdoors when there is no problem, but when there’s a need you can go indoors,” he tells viewers.
“This is just an office. Because I don’t have time, I always do my exercises here or even in my home, in my room.
“So you start by warming up,” he says, before jogging from one end of the room to the other, increasing his pace and making an effort to keep his knees up.
The head of state then begins to do push-ups, placing his hands on a white towel laid on the floor.
In the background, aides are heard counting 30 push-ups, although the camera cuts away at one point.
Sweating and out of breath, Museveni ends the video by urging people to run in their home compounds.
Related slideshow: Spreading hope amid coronavirus pandemic (Provided by Photo Services)
The COVID-19 outbreak, which has been declared as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO), has affected the lives of people around the world. Even though many countries have placed either a partial or complete lockdown, people are encouraging each other and trying to send across a positive message with their actions in this time of crisis. Here are a few images that capture hope amid isolation.
(Pictured) A nurse hands balloon to a policeman as a symbol of hope while doctors, nurses and hospital workers applaud outside Puerta de Hierro hospital in Madrid, Spain, on March 29.
A man helps another man get into a mobile shower provided by the Shower of Hope, a non-profit organization that serves the homeless population, at MacArthur Park in Los Angeles, California, U.S., on March 23
Opera singer Michał Janicki performs on the balcony for his neighbors in Warsaw, Poland, on March 28.
An man receives food from the police in Prayagraj, India, on March 28.
The Christ the Redeemer statue is lit up with an image of the earth as a way to show support for those afflicted by coronavirus, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on March 18.
Mulhouse Symphonic Orchestra violinist Jessy Koch performs on her balcony to support health workers in Mulhouse, France, on March 28.
A national police music band plays the national anthem to announce the start of a stay-at-home curfew across the country, in Guatemala City, Guatemala, on March 27.
An employee works on a protective face mask with the phrase ‘andra tutto bene’ (everything will be fine) at a clothing factory in Molfetta, Italy, on March 25.
A retired nurse waves an American flag toward the USNS Mercy Navy hospital ship after it arrived at the Port of Los Angeles in California, U.S., on March 27.
A volunteer of local NGO Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO) provides hand disinfectant to a boy at the Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya, on March 18.
The iconic Matterhorn mountain is illuminated by Swiss light artist Gerry Hofstetter aiming to send messages of hope, support and solidarity to the ones suffering from COVID-19, in the alpine resort of Zermatt, Switzerland, on March 26. The long bright vertical streaks in the sky are light trails caused by the SpaceX Starlink satellite fleet.
Red Cross volunteers deliver boxes of food and basic necessities to the homes of elderly people and low-income population in Burgos, Spain, on March 26.
The Shard and Tower Bridge are lit up blue to show appreciation and support for National Health Service (NHS) staff in London, England, on March 26.
Two friends say goodbye to each other with an “air hug” at Lake Nokomis, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S., on March 26.
Residents and health workers of the nursing home Vitalia Kansas applaud and sing at the yard to celebrate no infected cases of coronavirus, in Seville, Spain, on March 26.
With schools closed, a young girl reaches up for free meals delivered by school bus to children in a low income area of Falls Church in Virginia, U.S., on March 20.
Fitness instructor Jamie Benedik conducts a class in the driveway of her home in West Islip, New York, U.S., on March 26.
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan poses for a photo on the roof of the Space Needle in Seattle, Washington, U.S., on March 26, after raising the flag behind her that reads “#We Got This Seattle.”
A young girl places a drawing of a rainbow in her front window as schools remain closed in Manchester, England, on March 24.
Uruguayan cellist Karina Nunez plays on the balcony of her apartment in Panama City, Panama, on March 23.
A woman standing on her balcony reaches out to catch a rose delivered to her via a drone on Mother’s Day in Jounieh, Lebanon, on March 21.
People clap and bang utensils from their balconies to cheer for emergency personnel and sanitation workers, in Mumbai, India, on March 22.
Children wearing face masks during a class at a dance studio in Ivanovo, Russia, on March 22.
Personal trainer Antonietta Orsini carries out an exercise class for her neighbors from her balcony in Rome, Italy, on March 18.
A student of the Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust performs as part of the #NMPositiviT campaign, outside her home and at a safe recommended distance in Northampton, England, on March 27.
A television screen overlooking the deserted streets of Manchester emits the colors of the rainbow and declares ‘Happiness Hope & Kindness’ in England on March 26.
However, according to the Uganda Bureau of Statistics, 71 percent of people living in the capital, Kampala, share a one-roomed home with several others.
On Saturday, the government began food distribution to up to 1.5 million people directly affected by coronavirus lockdown measures.
Uganda has recorded 53 cases of the coronavirus. It has implemented a 14-day lockdown with transport banned and a nighttime curfew. However, people are still allowed to move around on foot in groups of less than five.
The ban on all private and public transportation even applies to medical emergencies, and some mothers in labour have died trying to reach hospitals to give birth.
Museveni has given almost daily briefings on the virus, telling landlords they can “demand their money later”, complaining about security officers who “like beating people” and urging that “this is not the time for exams”.
The president will seek a sixth term in office next year, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, a musician-turned-politician popularly known as Bobi Wine. when he is expected to face a young challenger with his own public pedigree:
Last month, Bobi Wine – known for his politically pointed hits – released a popular reggae song warning about the dangers of coronavirus.