President Museveni has confirmed that he will not physically attend the National Budget reading on Thursday, June 15, 2023, after latest test results indicated that he is still positive of Coronavirus.
In his latest update on his health status on Wednesday, the President said while he doesn’t feel sick, he has to follow the mandatory Covid protocols.
He also said he will address the MPs at Kololo Ceremonial Grounds virtually while his Vice President, Maj (Rtd) Jessica Alupo, will inspect the military parade.
“I will be able to address Parliament tomorrow, virtually, on the budget Day. Otherwise, I had delegated the whole effort to VP Alupo. Now that I am not travelling, she will inspect the Parade for me, take the salute for the march past and I will make my brief remarks at the end of budget speech,” he said.
“It is now seven days since I tested corona positive on the 7th of June, 2023. As I told you yesterday, I do not feel sick and I only felt a slight feverishness on the 3 or so first days. Otherwise, I feel ready to move out of self- isolation,” the President said.
“However, today, again, we carried out corona tests and I was still positive. Fortunately, Maama Janet is still negative because we take precautions,” he added.
The President also said he was supposed to join African leaders on their peacekeeping mission to Ukraine and Russia but was forced to delegate Dr Ruhakana Rugunda.
“Somebody on social – media and others who spoke to me on the phone, were saying that testing after 4 days or a week was too soon,” he said.
“We had to do it because we had pressure on the diplomatic front because the other six Presidents of Africa from the Comoros, Egypt, South Africa, Senegal, Congo- Brazzaville and Zambia are supposed to arrive in Poland tomorrow to take the train trip to Kiev to mediate in the Russia- Ukraine war. I was supposed to have joined them tomorrow. I have now sent an official message that, on account of my continued corona status, I cannot join the group. Dr. Rugunda will represent us. He is already in Poland. From Poland, they will go to Russia to meet with the Russians. I wish the mission success,” he added.
The National Budget speech for FY2023/2024 will be read on Thursday 15th June 2023, at Kololo Ceremonial Grounds. Theme: “Full monetization of the Uganda’s economy through commercial agriculture, industrialization, expanding & broadening services.”