This photo of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, chatting on the phone while sitting on a chair on the side of a village road, has raised questions – such as whether the cowboy hat-wearing leader was pulling off a cheap publicity stunt or was dealing with urgent matters of national importance.
The photo was released by his press officer Don Wanyama who said on Facebook that his 71-year-old boss had stopped his motorcade to make the 30-minute call while returning from World Population Day celebrations in remote western Uganda on Monday.
Hell No… Hell No… Kenyans stop being this ruthless with Photoshop. Leave our beloved President alone… pic.twitter.com/MdLhKxfU6T
— Abdu Wasike (@WasikeAbdu) July 12, 2016
President #Museveni finally found a place with MTN zone, 100% free calls…..
— mukssteven (@mukssteven) July 12, 2016
@Samzen thinks the conversation was with someone in his government, and it revolved around opposition leader Kizza Besigye who was charged with treason after denouncing Mr Museveni’s victory in elections in February as fraudulent.
Museveni heard El Chapo escaped prison so he had to stop the convoy mid way to confirm if Besigye is still in locks pic.twitter.com/8d9kKU853L
— Stifler ✊ (@Samzen_) July 12, 2016
For others, Ugandan president was trying to identify the culprit complaining about un-tarred and potholed roads.
Hello.. Museveni talking .. So who was complaining about bad roads in Uganda???? pic.twitter.com/r6dcexLuHU
— Paetrk (@patric_githaiga) July 12, 2016
Perhaps, though, the call was not all that important as the president had time to wave at a passing motorist.
And as he said in a Facebook post, he had a “brief chat” with the residents of Kyeirumba Village during the stopover.
“The residents also asked that government engages solar panel distributors to reduce cost. We shall follow up on this,” he added.
On Twitter, @chrisatuk pictured Ugandan president, Mr Museveni in better company, with men who use straws to drink a home-made brew, which has water mixed into it, from a communal pot. He mocks the president for pronouncing the letter l as r, and plays on the fact that when men intend to go and drink they say: “I am going to telephone.”
— Atukwasize ChrisOgon (@chrisatuk) July 12, 2016
For another tweeter, the Ugandan president was in a far more exotic place.
— Wabinyai Fidel Raja (@WabiRaja) July 12, 2016
Gwe. Where's my chicken? pic.twitter.com/fc3qRrvKsb
— Siima K K Sabiti (@kanyindo) July 12, 2016
Some people have tried to recreate the scene, but it is not clear whether Mr Mugabe will take up the challenge.
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