KAMPALA – The Ugandan president has become a meme sensation after being photographed making an important phone call while sitting on a portable chair at the side of the road.
Yoweri Museveni was on his way to a public engagement in the south west district of Isingiro when his motorcade ground to a halt, a padded foldout seat appeared and he relaxed into a 30 minute chat.
Or at least that’s what the photo posted on Facebook by his press secretary appeared to suggest.
It did not take long to reach the consciousness of Ugandans on Twitter (#UOT), who spent the next few hours frantically speculating about who could be on the receiving end of such an important call.
Who was he talking to?
Could it be that he was trying to stop opposition leader Kizza Besigye being released on bail?
The politician, who is Museveni’s most formidable opponent, had been imprisoned for two months on treason charges after he denounced February’s elections as a sham and declared that he was in fact the winner.
Or maybe the photo was a carefully choreographed PR stunt to distract attention from anything Besigye had to say?
Maybe it wasn’t politics but Museveni had experienced one to many connection dropouts and decided that there was no time like the present to fix Uganda’s mobile signal?