The Ugandan president, Yoweri Museveni, has issued a statement after the son tweeted an unprovoked threat to capture the capital of Kenya, Nairobi.
A few days ago, Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba wrote a series of tweets, including proposing the unification of Kenya and Uganda, and how it would take less than two weeks to capture Nairobi.
“It wouldn’t take us, my army and me, 2 weeks to capture Nairobi,” Kainerugaba wrote.
Since then, the government of Uganda has distanced itself from claims that its army had intentions of capturing Kenya.
In a statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday, Uganda reiterated its commitment to foster strong relations between the two East African Community countries, adding that the country’s foreign policy is not run on social media and does not depend on social media when dealing with sovereign countries.
“To this end, the Government of the Republic of Uganda wishes to reiterate its commitment to good neighbourliness, peaceful co-existence and cooperation,” the statement added.
Following the outrage caused by Muhoozi on the social network, the 48 year old was dropped as commander of Land Forces and Museveni promoted him to General, the highest rank in the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF).
On wednesday, Museveni issued a statement asking ‘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 only available legitimate forum is the Peer Review Mechanism of the African Union or confidential interactions among us or EAC and AU fora – not public comments. ‘
He added revealing why Muoozi was promoted to a full general “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. Very sorry, ndugu zetu Wakenya. Also sorry to the Ugandans who could have been annoyed by one of their officials meddling in the affairs of brother Kenya. I know for a fact that General Muhoozi is a passionate PanAfricanist. However, the correct method for PanAfricanists is confidential interactions or using the available fora (EAC and AU), especially if you are a Public officer.”