Ugandan government reacts to Muhoozi’s ‘cryptic’ tweets

Ugandan government reacts to Muhoozi’s ‘cryptic’ tweets

By Joshua Cheloti

The Ugandan Ministry of Foreign Affairs has come out to respond to controversial tweets that were made by Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba on Monday.

The Ugandan military commander who is also the son of President Yoweri Museveni posted a series of tweets on his verified handle that caused an uproar amongst social media users.

In one of the tweets, Kainerugaba claimed Uganda would take over Nairobi within two hours, a tweet some suggested was cryptic.

Earlier, he had noted that former President Uhuru Kenyatta should have vied for the top seat in the third term.

But after a Twitter rant that lasted all day, Kainerugaba later posted a reconciliatory tweet, asking Kenyans to relax.

“I would never beat up the Kenyan army because my father (President Yoweri Museveni) told me never to attempt it. So, our people in Kenya should relax,” he said in one of the tweets.

However, responding to the tweets that have since elicited mixed reactions, Uganda’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the government of Uganda does not conduct its foreign policy on social media.

It further said it treasures the existing relationship between the two countries.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uganda has noted the debate on social media in respect to the relationship between Uganda and our brotherly neighbour, the Republic of Kenya,” read part of the statement issued on Tuesday, October 4, 2022.

“The Government of the Republic of Uganda wishes to reiterate its commitment to good neighbourliness, peaceful co-existence and cooperation,” it added.

Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary nominee Dr Alfred Mutua has already welcomed the clarification from Uganda over the tweets.

“We appreciate the clarification,” the former Machakos governor said.

The Ugandan Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued the statement on the day reports emerged that Kainerugaba had been promoted to be a full general.

However, the promotion done by his father – Yoweri Museveni came with him being dropped as the commander of the land forces of the Uganda People’s Defence Force.

Kainerugaba was previously the commander of the Special Forces Command, and many believe Museveni is grooming him as his successor,

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