Uganda’s president sorry for son’s tweet threatening to invade Kenya
Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has apologized to Kenya after his son, a general who has been outspoken on social media, tweeted threats to invade the neighboring country and capture its capital in two weeks and also provoking remarks about Kenya’s recent elections.
“I ask our Kenyan brothers and sisters to forgive us for tweets sent by General Muhoozi,” Museveni said in a statement on Wednesday (5 October), adding that public officers should not interfere in the affairs of other countries. “I know for a fact that General Muhoozi is a passionate Pan-Africanist,” Musaveni said, adding that “however, the correct method for Pan-Africanists is confidential interactions or using the available [forums].” General Muhoozi Kainerugaba, who later said he made the provoking comments about Kenya in jest, is widely known for having been outspoken on social media, frequently sparring with opposition figures and weighing into politics. Uganda’s opposition and analysts have long believed the country’s 78-year-old president, who has ruled the country since 1986, is grooming his son to succeed him when he retires.
Kainerugaba was crucial in restoring relations between Uganda and neighboring Rwanda this year after a nearly two-year row between his father and President Paul Kagame. But he was removed from his post as commander of land forces on Tuesday (4 October) after sending a flurry of tweets suggesting Uganda and Kenya drop their colonial borders and be united. “It wouldn’t take us, my army and me, 2 weeks to capture Nairobi,” he tweeted. At the same time, Kainerugaba was promoted to the rank of four-star general to encourage him for his positive contributions, Museveni said, adding that he had spoken to his Kenyan counterpart, William Ruto, about the matter.