Museveni to Kenyans: Forgive us for tweets sent by Gen Muhoozi
By Joshua Cheloti
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has asked Kenyans for forgiveness following controversial tweets from his son – former Commander of Land Forces General Muhoozi Kainerugaba.
Muhoozi, who Museveni on Tuesday promoted to be a full general had on Monday posted several tweets that had created controversy.
In one of the tweets, Muhoozi suggested former President Uhuru Kenyatta should have vied for a third term, one also claiming it would take the Ugandan army less than two weeks to capture Nairobi.
Although the army commander later said the tweets were not anything serious, asking Kenyans to take them easy, Museveni admits they should have been posted.
“I ask our Kenyan brothers and sisters to forgive us for tweets sent by General Muhoozi, former Commander of Land Forces here, regarding the election matters in that great country. It is not correct for Public officers, be they civilian or military, to comment or interfere in any way, in the internal affairs of brother countries,” the Ugandan President said in part of his statement issued on Wednesday, October 5, 2022.
But even with asking Kenyans for forgiveness, Museveni defended his decision to promote Muhoozi.
According to him, there are many good things that his son has done as an army commander, save for the controversial tweets.
“Why, then, promote him to full General after these comments? This is because this mistake is one aspect where he has acted negatively as a Public officer. There are, however, many other positive contributions the General has made and can still make. This is a time-tested formula–discourage the negative and encourage the positive,” he noted.
Museveni also apologized to Ugandans who could have been annoyed by Muhoozi’s tweets.
He further noted that he had already conveyed his views concerning the controversial tweets to President William Ruto.
“I know for a fact that General Muhoozi is a passionate Pan-Africanist. However, the correct method for Pan-Africanists is confidential interactions or using the available fora (EAC and AU), especially if you are a Public officer,” he said.
On Tuesday, Uganda’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs distanced itself from the tweets that had generated heated debate online.