Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni is keeping fit in a way most African presidents, or just say, his age-mates, can’t. In a widely circulated photo, the vocal and vibrant president is seen working out as he does press-ups at home, a routine that has now been christened #Musevenipushcoronaawaychallenge.
He is advising on how one can exercise while at home and remain healthy during the corona pandemic. He energetically makes 40 push-ups without a sweat as a baby is heard screaming on the background. “After work last night, I challenged my Bazukulu to an indoor work-out. We did four push-ups. Just like I have always advised, even at your own home, you can stay safe and remain fit and healthy,” the president updated on his Instagram page.
It is a one and a half minute video that has Museveni jogging in a very spacious room in loose sporty gear. It is not the first time Museveni is going trendy with a lifestyle issue. A few years ago at the popular Lugogo Cricket Oval, the rather humorous president stunned a rally after playing his now popular rap stance ‘Another Rap’ which was taken to mean another presidential term for him. It was sort of a dream come true for the leader who had hinted that he would like to record a song. As a matter of fact, back in 2006, Museveni taunted former mayor John Ssebaana Kizito that he could not manage a stanza even if that were what it would take to beat him.
“In the past presidential elections, his closest opponents have been known to have hoarse voices. His closest rival Kizza Besigye has a hoarse, natural voice. So, he could challenge him to a singing competition,” said a Ugandan journalist. Most of the time when Museveni pulls such a move, his political rivals usually see it as a PR stunt. After he recorded the rap song, it was widely viewed that he wanted to win the youth vote by showing he related with the ‘urban cool’.