Muhoozi reconects with ‘big brother’ Uhuru despite presidency dispute
General Muhoozi Kainerugaba, Uganda President Yoweri Museveni’s son and his Senior Presidential Advisor in Charge of Special Operations, and Kenya’s former president Uhuru Kenyatta met on August 7, 2023, for the first time since their last physical meeting in June 2022 in Nairobi, Kenya.
General Kainerugaba is fond of referring to Mr Kenyatta as his big brother and buddy.
The two met in Entebbe at the tail end of Uhuru Kenyatta’s official duty in Uganda as the Facilitator of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) East African Community (EAC)- led Nairobi Peace Process.
His Excellency Mr Kenyatta and President Museveni had co-chaired a technical committee meeting on the eastern DRC peace process at State House Entebbe.
This August 7, 2023, meeting took place 11 months after General Kainerugaba faulted Uhuru Kenyatta for not vying for a third presidential term.
It is important to note that the Kenyan Constitution does not allow for this. Uhuru Kenyatta did not respond to the General’s sentiments but has been quoted in media saying he is a democrat and had no qualms in handing over power when his time in office ended.
General Kainerugaba’s October 2022 sentiments came amid an X (formerly Twitter) storm where he published several controversial tweets against Nairobi, claiming he can conquer it within two weeks with a handful of soldiers.
According to prior Nation.Africa reports he first began by blaming his big brother for not contesting for a third term.
“My only problem with my big brother is that he did not stand for a third term. We would have won easily,” he wrote in 2022.
He suggested that Uhuru Kenyatta handed over power to President William Ruto instead of changing the Constitution to allow him to remain in power.
He claimed such a democratic instance would never happen in Uganda because they only know about revolution, and Kenya would soon know about it if he conquered Nairobi.
For years General Kainerugaba has been referring to Uhuru Kenyatta as his older brother. He has often supported the Kenyatta family during their high and low moments, and even threatened to send his Uganda People’s Defense Forces to hunt down the goons who raided Northlands in May 2023.
“My big brother’s farm was attacked by hooligans the other day. We will send UPDF to protect him. We will beat those hooligans to a pulp! I asked Mzee to deploy me as the OC (Officer Commanding) at Northlands. All we need is 200 UPDF soldiers to bring order. He asked me why? I told him that Kenyans need a good beating. He refused,” tweeted General Kainerugaba.
In 2022, he also swore that he and Uhuru Kenyatta would remain brothers forever and referred to Uhuru as a great warrior.
In many of his official statements, whenever he met with Uhuru Kenyatta, he would never fail to call him his big brother affectionately.
Both are sons of presidents, Uhuru served as president for a decade, and General Kainerugaba hopes to succeed his father. He has recently been shoring up resources and mobilizing people using his MK Movement to campaign for him such that when the time comes, he would easily vie for the presidency.
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