False tweet circulates that Ugandan president, Museveni is deadBy Fatimah Quadri on May 21, 2023
A Twitter user @joseypro tweeted a claim that the Ugandan president is dead.
The claim reads:
Breaking news!!! The president of Uganda is dead !!!
As of Sunday, May 21, 2023, the claim had garnered over a million views, more than 900 retweets and over 10,000 likes.
Yoweri Museveni is the current President of Uganda.
The President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, is dead.
Findings by The FactCheckHub revealed that the claim is FALSE.
Using the keywords ‘President of Uganda’, a Google search result shows that the President is still alive as he was present at the funeral service of the Ugandan labour minister, Charles Okello Engola, same day the claim was posted online.
Yoweri Museveni is the current President of Uganda and has been in power since January 1986.
No credible local or international media platform also reported the news of the death of the Ugandan president, as of Sunday, May 21, 2023.
Further checks show that this is not the first time the claim would circulate online. Credible fact-checking organisation like Pesa Check had in 2022 debunked a similar claim.
The claim that the Ugandan president, Yoweri Museveni, is dead is FALSE; findings show that Museveni is still in power.