Uganda: Museveni orders Muhoozi to stop “tweeting Fwaa”
As Kenya’s Foreign Minister ‘summons’ Ugandan High Commissioner to Kenya
President Museveni has ordered Lieutenant General Muhoozi Kainerugaba, the UPDF ground forces commander, to slow down his tweeting activity, lest it cause a diplomatic row between Uganda and other countries , sources told the Nile Post.
It follows a series of tweets from the first son on various local and international sensitive issues over the past two days.
The sporadic tweets have left many perplexed with some wondering if Kainerugaba is responsible for his Twitter account.
Some of Muhoozi’s defenders, like Agriculture Minister Frank Tumwebaze, have urged the public not to take the tweets seriously as they are meant as jokes.
Yet, joking or not, the tweets tickled many people, especially Kenyans.
Today morning, Uganda’s Ambassador to Nairobi, Hassan Galiwango, was reportedly called for a meeting by Kenya’s Foreign Minister-elect Alfred Mutua over several issues, including Muhoozi’s tweets, sources said.
This morning I shared a cup of tea social with Amb. Dr Hassan Galiwango – High Commissioner of Uganda to Kenya. We discussed interesting topics. Mambo iko Sawa. pic.twitter.com/fRn8ffygmn — Dr Alfred Mutua (@DrAlfredMutua) October 4, 2022
In a tweet at 12:11 p.m. on October 4, Muhoozi confirmed that he spoke to his father after “Kenyans got scared”.
I had a good chat with my grandfather this morning. Apparently my tweets scared Kenyans too much? He will announce the changes. There is a special prayer I will make for our army. 🙏 — Muhoozi Kainerugaba (@mkainerugaba) October 4, 2022
He, however, insisted in another follow-up tweet that he had told his father that “no threat will stop us from achieving this goal”[ofensuringthateastAfricabecomesonecountry[defaireensortequel’Afriquedel’Estdevienneunseulpays[ofensuringthateastAfricabecomesonecountry
It wouldn’t be the first time Museveni has tried to shut down Muhoozi’s activities on Twitter after doing so earlier this year.
“Self-proclaimed generalist Twitter”
Since September 30, Muhoozi has posted tweets supporting Russia’s cause in Ukraine, joking about Italy’s new Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni; supporting Julius Malema from South Africa and ridiculing Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine aka “Kabobi”.
But his most controversial and, some say, insensitive tweets were about Kenya and its politics, which peaked on October 3.
In a tweet, he questioned why Uhuru Kenyatta did not seek another term this year, which would have meant changing Kenya’s Constitution.
In another allegedly at the origin of the unease between Nairobi and Kampala, he claimed that “my army” can invade Nairobi in two weeks.
It wouldn’t take me and my army 2 weeks to capture Nairobi.– Muhoozi Kainerugaba (@mkainerugaba) October 3, 2022
Many Kenyans on social media hit back, leading Muhoozi to back down and claim he was joking and had no plan to hurt Kenyans.
“I would never beat the Kenyan army because my father told me never to try! So our people in Kenya should relax!” he tweeted late on October 3.