The country woke to shock and fear today after a local tabloid Red Pepper made a headline on their front page that speaker Jacob Oulanyah is critically ill with COVID-19.
Red Pepper alleged that there are plans of airlifting him abroad for medical attention.
“OULANYA CRITOCALLY ILL. Scramble to airlift speaker for specialized treatment abroad,” Red pepper wrote.
The statement has created confusion and mixed feelings in Ugandans some of which have alleged via social media that the speaker is not suffering from COVID-19 but witchcraft which was sent to him by his competitor and former speaker Rebecca Kadaga who wants to retain her position.
However, Boom.ug has learned that Red Pepper’s report is not true.
According to Oulanyah’s team, he is COVID-19 negative and very healthy.
“Fellow country men and women….kindly disregard the false alarmist reports about speaker Jacob Oulanyah. He is well and in great spirits.
“At the moment, just like majority of you, he is working from home. Please wear your mask, sanitize, wash hands and stay home,” A statement from his team reads.
Renowned NBS Television’s journalist Samson Kasumba has also revealed that he talked to the speaker and he said that he is well.
“Disregard anything you hear circulating around that is definitely not fact checked. I have proof that Jacob Oulanyah is alive, in great health and spirits.
“I just spoke to Rt Hon Jacob Oulanya seconds ago. I still can’t understand why people do these things. It is very lazy,” Kasumba clarified.