Kampala- President Yoweri Museveni has extended an apology to Kenyans for tweets sent out by his son, Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba about elections that were held in Kenya recently.
Muhoozi started a series of tweets on Monday announcing through his official handle @mkainerugaba that he was on a mission to raze colonial borders and capture Nairobi, within just two weeks. The tweets which covered feeds across social media handles also sparked an online rage between Ugandans and Kenyans.
…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! Muhoozi said in one of the tweets that were sent out shortly before the Ministry of Internal affairs disowned his sentiments.
Moments later, President Museveni announced changes in the command of the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces-UPDF dropping him from the position of Commander of Land Forces in what was seen as a move to tame his son.
On Wednesday, Museveni said he had sent out an apology to the President of Kenya William Ruto in regret for the unbecoming approach exhibited by Muhoozi on social media.
Below is Museveni’s full apology;
Dear Ugandans, the brotherly People of Kenya and all East Africans. I greet all of you. Again, I hail the peaceful elections that took place in Kenya recently where H.E. William Ruto emerged winner. I, again, congratulate him on that victory.
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. It is not correct for Public officers, be it civilian or military, to comment or interfere in any way, in the internal affairs of brother countries. The only available legitimate forum is the Peer Review Mechanism of the African Union or confidential interactions among us or EAC and AU fora – not public comments.
Why, then, promote him to full General after these comments? This is because this mistake is one aspect where he has acted negatively as a Public officer. There are, however, many other positive contributions the General has made and can still make.
This is a time-tested formula – discourage the negative and encourage the positive. Very sorry, ndugu zetu Wakenya. Also sorry to the Ugandans who could have been annoyed by one of their officials meddling in the affairs of brother Kenya.
I know for a fact that General Muhoozi is a passionate Pan- Africanist. However, the correct method for Pan- Africanists is confidential interactions or using the available fora (EAC and AU), especially if you are a Public officer.
I have conveyed all those views confidentially to H.E. Ruto, the President of Kenya.
YK Museveni (Gen. Rtd.) The old man with a hat