Ugandan Govt responds to Museveni Son’s, Lt. General Muhoozi Kainerugaba remarks on invading Nairobi.
The Ugandan Ministry of Foreign Affairs distanced itself from remarks made by its President Yoweri Museveni’s son, Lt. General Muhoozi Kainerugaba, on Twitter on invading Nairobi that caused a war of words between Kenyans and Ugandans
The Ministry reaffirmed in a statement dated Tuesday, October 4, that the government of the neighboring country does not carry out its foreign policy duties on social media.
The Ministry emphasized how much it values the strong bilateral ties that already exist between the people of Uganda and the government of the Republic of Kenya.
According to the Museveni-led Government, the relationships are founded on a common history, shared values, respect for one another, trust, and a desire to forge a cohesive East African Community.
“To this end, the Government of the Republic of Uganda wishes to reiterate its commitment to good neighborliness, peaceful co-existence, and cooperation.”
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes to clarify that the Government of the Republic of Uganda does not conduct its Foreign Policy and other official business through social media nor does it depend on social media sources in dealing with other sovereign Governments,” read the statement in part.
The Ugandan Government, therefore, assured its Kenyan counterpart that it will maintain a harmonious relationship between the two countries.
“The Government of the Republic of Uganda, therefore, wishes to reiterate its cordial relationship with the Republic of Kenya and assure the people and the Government of the Republic of Kenya of our harmonious relationship that we value,” added the statement.
Lt. General Muhoozi Kainerugaba (commander of the land forces of the Uganda People’s Defence Force-UPDF) on Monday, October 3, claimed that Uganda had a stronger military that would gain control of Nairobi.
He further claimed that former President Uhuru Kenyatta would have easily won a third term should he have run hinting that Uganda was ruled by revolution and not the rule of law.
“My only problem with my beloved big brother is that he didn’t stand for a third term. We would have won easily,” Muhoozi stated.
“I love my Kenyan relatives. Constitution? Rule of law? You must be joking! For us there is only the Revolution and you will soon learn about it!” he added.
He later tweeted about how he can capture Nairobi within two weeks, but later apologized after an uproar.
Kainerugaba’s statement angered Kenyans leading to a war of words between Kenyans and Ugandans.
Soon after, he was summoned into a meeting with his father who noted that the tweets had affected Kenyans and attracted criticism.