We are yet to understand whether it was because of the heavy downpour that suddenly soaked Kololo Independence Grounds that could have caused this.
But in actual sense, aging Zimbabwe strongman Robert Mugabe missed the actual swearing in moment of President Yoweri Museveni.
Mugabe, 92, who is in the capital Kampala could not handle the pressure of leaving his bed quite early to witness Museveni take oath.
Museveni arrived at 11am at Kololo after most of his guests had taken seats.
They included; Tanzania former president Jakaya Kikwete and current president John Pombe Magufuli, H.E Hage Geingob, president of Namibia, H.E Edgar Lungu of the republic of Zambia, H.E Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo -Equatorial Guinea, H.E Yan Junqi the vice C/Person of the standing committee of the NPC, His Excellency Essozimna Gnassingbe of the Republic of Togo and Jacob Zuma of South Africa.
Also present were the King of Lesotho -King Letsie III and the Prime Minister of Swaziland, Dr. Barnabas Dlamini, Sudan president Omar al-Bashir, South Sudan leader Salva Kiir and Kenya president Uhuru Kenyatta.
Mugabe and Museveni are some of the longest serving African presidents.
They both don’t believe in term limits but the fact that as long as people still vote them into power and are still capable of delivering services.
Mugabe landed at Entebbe on Wednesday days after news made rounds that his wife Grace Mugabe had beaten him in public.
Ugandan social media enthusiasts were already expressing fears that Mugabe could accidently fall in the country and create a diplomatic row.
In 2015, Mugabe became a subject of social media memes when he stumbled on a red carpet and fell to his knees after addressing supporters who gathered to welcome him back from a trip to Ethiopia at Harare airport.
Well, while such a disaster did not happen in Kampala, Mugabe atleast managed to capture the concluding part of Museveni’s swearing in ceremony.
He arrived at Kololo after Museveni had taken oath, been handed instruments of power and was inspecting the parade.
He was announced as having arrived “while Museveni was taking oath” by the minister for presidency, Frank Tumwebaze.
They say better late than never.