Uganda President Yoweri Museveni’s son makes Twitter comeback
President Yoweri Museveni’s son Muhoozi Kainerugaba is back on Twitter after nearly a week.
Announcing his comeback on the social media platform, Muhoozi, a senior official in the Ugandan army, tweeted, “Never fear my followers and supporters. I’m back. I had some decisions to make.”
It is not yet clear whether Twitter deactivated the account, which boasts half a million followers, or he pulled it down.
Hours after his comeback, Muhoozi had some harsh statement on cattle rustlers in the Karamoja region.
“I heard some fake Karamojong politicians trying to attack me for my strong and uncompromising views on cattle rustling. First of all, the people of Karamoja support me and UPDF (Uganda People’s Defence Forces)! We are going to intensify military operations in Karamoja. The cattle rustlers will be eliminated!”
Considered among the favourotes to succeed his father who’s ruled Uganda for three and a half decades, Muhoozi’s posts on Twitter have at times been considered politically radical and antagonistic.
In March, he sent out a provoking tweet which gave an ultimatum to the Turkana, which is a Kenyan community living on the Northern part of Uganda.
“As land forces we are giving an ultimatum to the Turkana! They were partly responsible for the death of my soldiers (and our geologists) a few days ago! If they do not leave Uganda immediately they will get what they are looking for! We have warned them!”
In the ongoing Russian-Ukraine war, Muhoozi expressed his support for the Russian invasion of Ukraine and tweeted, “The majority of mankind (that are non-white) support Russia’s stand in Ukraine. Putin is absolutely right.”
He also recently announced his resignation from the army even though he’s continued to serve the military.
“After 28 years of service in my glorious military, the greatest military in the world, I’m happy to announce my retirement. I and my soldiers have achieved so much! I have only love and respect for all those great men and women that achieve greatness for Uganda every day.”
Before his account was deactivated, Muhoozi had garnered a large following through his relentless political and social posts and even after his comeback the numbers are still relatively high.
There were reports he was concerned with the increased activity on his Twitter page including new 2000 new followers each day.