Video: Kenyans, Ugandans Mock Museveni’s Roadside Call

Kenyans and Ugandans have been mocking Museveni’s roadside call after the images of the long-serving leader sitting at a roadside putting a call to an unknown person made it’s way online.

Of course, it was unavoidable that the rare picture of President Yoweri Museveni sitting by a roadside making a phone call would take a different turn and some predicted it would change smoothly into a meme, but none thought it would inspire similar poses.

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Different sitting memes have been trending on Twitter with users in Uganda and Kenya making the most fun of it. Kenya’s top comedian has pulled a sit-in in the middle of a road in Nairobi, blocking traffic, while engaged in an animated phone call:

Here’s a series of Ugandans taking their cue from the president “sitting at a roadside and making a call”

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni shocked locals of Kyeirumba village with a roadside phone call using a very cheap ‘phone‘ on Monday.

He sat on a comfy chair by the road oblivious of the onlookers making a 30 minute call, as his security detail waited. He ordered his security men to allow free flow of traffic by not causing obstructions.

The jokes were being linked to the decision to grant opposition leader Kizza Besigye bail.

The unusual images were published online by the press secretary to Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni.

The secretary says the Museveni’s roadside call took place on Monday on the way from Isingiro District where he presided over World Population Day celebrations. The President made a stop at Kyeirumba Village to make a phone call before continuing with his trip.

She added that after Museveni’s roadside call, curious residents gathered to look at the president, who after 30 minutes on phone, had a brief talk with them.

They thanked the government for tarmacking the road linking Uganda to Tanzania through Isingiro. The 74km road connects Uganda to Tanzania through Kikagati in Isingiro district. The project cost USh178 billion.

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The people asked the President to convince solar distributors to slash the cost of batteries, which sell at USh400,000. They also asked him to tell power distributors to supply electricity at a cheaper rate.

The President promised to hold talks with stakeholders on reducing the cost of power in remote areas.