Uhuru would have easily won if he vied for third term – Musevebi’s son Muhoozi Kainerugaba
By Joshua Cheloti
Ugandan military commander Muhoozi Kainerugaba is now claiming that immediate former Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta would have easily won a third term had he vied in the August 9 general election.
Muhoozi, serving as the commander of the land forces of the Uganda People’s Defence Force, further notes that he has a problem with the fact that Uhuru did not seek another term.
He made the comments on his official Twitter handle, sharing photos of himself with the former President.
The 48-year-old former commander of the Ugandan Special Forces Command, who is also the son of the current Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, has been a close friend of the recently retired President Uhuru Kenyatta.
“My only problem with my beloved big brother is that he didn’t stand for a third term. We would have won easily!” Muhoozi posted on his verified Twitter handle on Monday, October 3, 2022.
Uhuru served as Kenya’s President for two terms. He was first elected the Head of State in 2013 and won re-election in 2017.
The Kenyan Constitution does now allow a Head of State to serve for more than two terms.
For this reason, Uhuru was not eligible to vie for the country’s top seat in the August general election.
He however supported an opposition candidate Raila Odinga, who ended up losing to his deputy for the last 10 years – Dr William Ruto.
The fact that Raila lost to Ruto came up during the current President’s maiden address in parliament last week.
“It only happens in Kenya… the opposition leader won the election and became president and the president became the leader of the opposition, that’s the beauty of our democracy,” the Head of State told legislators.
Responding to Muhoozi’s suggestion that Uhuru should have vied for a third term, a section of Kenyans on Twitter reminded the Ugandan army commander that Kenya is ruled by law.
“Kenya is a country with high level of democracy They don’t easily tamper with the constitution for the betterment of their people. Hop my message reaches home,” said one of the Twitter user Gogo Victor.
But in response, Museveni’s son suggested the two countries should unite soon.
“Kenya and Uganda are brothers! The most important political question in East Africa is ‘How soon do we unite?’” Muhoozi said.
He further said Ugandans only know of revolution, and that Kenyans will soon learn about it.
“Haha! I love my Kenyan relatives. Constitution? Rule of law? You must be joking! For us, there is only the Revolution and you will soon learn about it!” the army commander said in another tweet.