Uganda’s longtime president says he is taking “forced leave” after testing positive for COVID-19.
Yoweri Museveni, who has ruled Uganda since 1986, said on Twitter that he was experiencing “mild symptoms” as he goes into isolation.
While two of three samples collected from him earlier in the week tested negative, one returned a positive result, he said in a statement Thursday.
News of Museveni’s sickness has drawn mixed reactions from Ugandans. While some are wishing him a quick recovery, others elsewhere on social media have not been so kind.
Museveni won a sixth presidential term term in 2021. His supporters are urging him to run again in 2026 amid an apparent presidential bid by his son, who is critical of the ruling party.