Ugandan president apologises for son’s tweets on annexing Kenya | Government News

Muhoozi Kainerugaba, 48, is outspoken on social media, typically buying and selling barbs with opposition and speaking overseas coverage.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has apologised to Kenya after his son, a normal, tweeted threats to invade the neighbouring nation and seize its capital in two weeks.

“I ask our Kenyan brothers and sisters to forgive us for tweets despatched by Common Muhoozi,” Museveni mentioned in an announcement on Wednesday, including that public officers shouldn’t intervene within the affairs of different nations.

“I do know for a indisputable fact that Common Muhoozi is a passionate Pan-Africanist,” the president mentioned. “Nevertheless, the proper technique for Pan-Africanists is confidential interactions or utilizing the accessible [forums].”

Muhoozi Kainerugaba, 48, is outspoken on social media, steadily sparring with opposition figures and weighing into politics. He later mentioned he made the feedback about Kenya in jest.

Uganda’s opposition and analysts have lengthy believed 78-year-old Museveni, who has dominated the nation since 1986, is getting ready his son to take over when he retires.

The final was essential in restoring relations between Uganda and neighbouring Rwanda this yr after an almost two-year row between his father and President Paul Kagame.

Kainerugaba was faraway from his publish as commander of land forces on Tuesday after sending a flurry of tweets suggesting Uganda and Kenya drop their colonial borders and be united.

“It wouldn’t take us, my military and me, 2 weeks to seize Nairobi,” he wrote.

On the identical time, Kainerugaba was promoted to the rank of four-star normal to encourage him for his constructive contributions, Museveni mentioned, including that he had spoken to his Kenyan counterpart, William Ruto, concerning the matter.

This week, Kainerugaba’s social media posts drew offended reactions from Kenyans and prompted Uganda’s overseas affairs ministry to problem an announcement asking Nairobi to ignore his feedback.