By Jerry Omondi
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has tested negative for COVID-19 after developing a sore throat, one of the symptoms of the disease.
The 75-year-old made the announcement after his official nomination as the ruling party National Resistance Movement presidential flag bearer in the 2021 polls.
“I got a sore throat and rough voice. My first call was corona-19 (COVID-19). So I called the doctors early Sunday. They took the sample and by evening they came back and said no corona (virus),” said Museveni.
The president also took the opportunity to warn Ugandans against taking health protocols for granted, saying it risked causing a spike in deaths.
The East African country has reported 1,135 infections and two deaths, according to data from the ministry of health.
989 people have successfully recovered from the disease.
Uganda is scheduled to hold its general elections in February 2021, and Museveni will be seeking to extend his rule beyond 35 years.