President Yoweri Museveni: My health is improving

Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni. [Standard,file]

Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has said that his health is improving days after testing positive for Covid-19. 

In a statement released on Sunday, June 11, Museveni, who has ruled Uganda since 1986, said he had recovered from a dull headache and mild throbbing experienced as a result of contracting the virus.

"It is now day five of my coronavirus status. Last night, I slept very well for ten hours," he said.

"Initially, on Wednesday, there was also some mild muscle soreness typical of the usual flu. The soreness I was feeling on Wednesday was less than one would feel with the usual flu. That soreness of muscles has now gone. Also, some roughness in the throat has gone," said Museveni.

However, he mentioned that he remains isolated, as tests conducted on Sunday returned a positive result.

"We shall wait for a few more days and check again. I remain in self-isolation at Nakasero," he added.

On June 8, 2023, Museveni, 78, announced on Twitter that he would take "forced leave" after testing positive for the virus.

While two of the three samples collected from him earlier in the week tested negative, one returned a positive result, he said in a statement on Thursday.

"I have, therefore, taken my second forced leave in the last 53 years since we began fighting Idi Amin in 1971," Museveni mentioned.

He said he had delegated his duties to Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja.

Museveni won a sixth presidential term in 2021.