President Museveni’s rival speaks after his son threatens to capture Nairobi
Uganda President Yoweri Museveni’s son, Lieutenant General Muhoozi Kainerugaba, took to social media on October 3 to claim that it would take him and his army two weeks to capture the capital city of Kenya, Nairobi.
Kenyans on Twitter were not amused.
His sentiments caused an uproar in Kenya as citizens and politicians alike called him out for threatening the security of the nation and messing with diplomatic ties between the two countries.
Hours after Lt. Muhoozi’s sentiments, President Yoweri’s main opponent and fierce critic, Dr Kifefe Kizza-Besigye, added his voice to the furore.
In a statement, Dr Besigye questioned whether Lt. Muhoozi’s sentiments were a precursor to history repeating itself after Ugandan generals sought to control Kenyan territory in the past.
“History repeats itself? Uganda’s generals seeking to control Kenya territory: 46 years after Idi Amin, it is now Gen Muhoozi! That’s why Kenyans can’t take it lightly!
President Kenyatta and his vice president, Arap Moi, worked frantically to seek a solution to Idi Amin’s threat. Gen. Amin, like Gen M7, had been equipping his military with Russian jet fighters,” Dr Besigye said.
He said this as he shared screenshots of Lt. Muhoozi’s controversial tweets.
Lt. Muhoozi further asked where he should reside in Kenya once he captured Nairobi, called Kenya a district in Uganda and said Uganda and Kenya would soon be one country, “any war against us will end quickly!”
Dr Besigye also shared a screenshot of an East African article from September 2011 that spoke on Idi Amin wanting to annex Western Kenya by attempting to redraw the boundaries between the two countries.
“Amin wanted back all Kenyan districts that were part of Uganda before the colonial demarcation of the territorial boundaries.
That included Turkana, part of Lake Turkana, West Pokot, Trans Nzoia, Bungoma, Busia, Kakamega, Central Nyanza, South Nyanza, Narok, Kisii, Kericho, Nakuru, Uasin Gishu, Elgeyo Marakwet, Nyandarua, Nandi, Kisumu, Eldoret, Tambach, Maji Moto Mazuri, Gilgil, Lake Nakuru and Naivasha,” The East African reported.
Apparently, Gen. Amin only backed down when former President Jomo Kenyatta threatened to block Uganda’s exports through the port of Mombasa.