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VIDEO: President Doing Pushups, Jogging in Office during Covid-19 Lockdown

Following the lockdown in some countries in order to battle the spread of Covid-19, otherwise known as Coronavirus pandemic, a-75 year old Uganda’s President, Yoweri Museveni, does push-ups to keep fit at the State House, in Entebbe, Uganda.

The leader released a workout video on Thursday, April 9, saying it shows citizens how to exercise in confined spaces as they stay at home during a national lockdown prompted by the new coronavirus.

Wearing a gray Nike track suit, Yoweri Museveni jogged laps on a red carpet in his office, before stretching out to do press-ups on a white towel as flashbulbs popped.

Count 30 pusp-ups

“It’s good to go outside, outdoors when there’s no problem,” the former soldier said at the beginning of the video here “But when there’s need you can go indoors.”

On Wednesday the veteran leader, whose Twitter profile features his signature large-brimmed beige hat, told his followers that too many Ugandans were exercising outside and crowding urban areas.

People jogging in groups and close to one another could expose them to contracting the novel coronavirus, the pathogen that causes COVID-19 disease, he said. Uganda has so far recorded 53 cases of COVID-19 but no deaths.

The oil-rich East African nation has imposed some of the harshest measures in Africa to contain the disease, including a dusk-to-dawn curfew, shuttering all businesses except the most essential and banning all private and public transportation without an official’s permission.

The ban even applies to medical emergencies, and some mothers in labour have died trying to reach hospitals to give birth.

Museveni, who has ruled Uganda since 1986, has often sought a personal connection with citizens as anger grows at corruption, nepotism and crumbling public services and police break up opposition rallies.

He often publicly meanders into offbeat tales like the provenance of his long-horned cattle, eliciting bemusement from visiting diplomats.

In 2010, shortly before an election, he released a rap song dubbed “you want another rap,” aimed at younger voters that got plentiful play on radios and in discos.

But he is expected to face a young challenGer with his own public pedigree in next year’s polls: the musician-turned-lawmaker popularly known as Bobi Wine. Last month Wine – known for his politically pointed hits – released a popular reggae track warning about the dangers of coronavirus.

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Source: Reuters

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Sade Adewale

Sade Adewale is an experienced editor. She Studied Sociology at the Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti. Diploma in Journalism in Lateef Jakande House, Ogba, Ikeja, Lagos State. Contact: [email protected]

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