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Museveni drops Muhoozi as Army Commander, promotes him after controversial tweets

Uganda President Yoweri Museveni has dropped his son Muhoozi Kainerugaba from the coveted Commander of Land Forces position in the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF).

As per the Daily Monitor President has also promoted Muhoozi, his only son, to a full General in the army.

Prior to his promotion, Muhoozi was a Lieutenant General.

President Museveni has also appointed Major General Kayinga Muhanga to replace Muhoozi as the Lieutenant general.

The reshuffle comes a day after Muhoozi posted a series of controversial tweets, including one with a message indicating he would need two weeks to capture Nairobi, Kenya’s capital.

Muhoozi separately appeared to hit out at former Kenya president Uhuru Kenyatta for not extending his term in office beyond the constitutionally required three days.

Uganda’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has distanced itself from Muhoozi’s remarks.

“The Ministry wishes to emphasize that the Government and the people of the Republic of Uganda treasure the existing strong bilateral relationships between the people and the Government of the Republic of Kenya based on our shared history, common values, mutual respect, trust, and the desire to build a unified East Africa community,” the statement by Foreign Affairs read in part.

Muhoozi’s tweets had elicited a flurry of diplomatic meetings, with Kenya’s Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary nominee Alfred Mutua engaging in an ‘interesting’ meeting with Uganda High Commissioner to Kenya Dr. Hassan Galiwango in Nairobi.

And in Kampala, Kenya’s High Commissioner to Uganda Dr. Julius Owino also held meetings with senior Uganda officials.

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