Museveni asks Kenyans to forgive son in Twitter row
Uganda President Yoweri Museveni has asked President William Ruto and Kenyans for forgiveness following an uproar caused by controversial tweets sent out by his son Muhoozi Kainerugaba.
Via a statement on his Twitter page on Wednesday, President Museveni further apologised to East Africans for his son’s behaviour.
“I ask 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 (Kenya),” said President Museveni.
“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.”
Muhoozi, a senior official in the Ugandan army, had tweeted his way into trouble on Monday by suggesting he needed only two weeks to topple President Ruto’s government.
Now 48, Muhoozi, Museveni’s only son, further blamed former president Kenyatta for not contesting for a third term in the August 2022 polls despite the fact that the constitution barred him.
Following the remarks by Muhoozi who lived and studied in Kenya, President Museveni, who’s ruled Uganda for close to four decades, dropped his son as Commander of Land Forces but promoted him to General. He was serving as Lieutenant General at the time he sent the tweets.
The tweets meanwhile caused a flurry of activities with top government officials in Kenya and Uganda, led by Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary nominee Alfred Mutua engaging in ‘interesting’ talks.
Uganda released a statement to disassociate from Muhoozi’s statement.