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Uganda/Kenya – Museveni apologizes for his son’s remarks on the possibility of invading Kenya

News 360 logo News 360 05/10/2022 Daniel Stewart
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni delivers a speech during the inauguration of Kenya's new President William Ruto. - John Ochieng/SOPA Images via ZUM / DPA © Provided by News 360 Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni delivers a speech during the inauguration of Kenya's new President William Ruto. - John Ochieng/SOPA Images via ZUM / DPA

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has issued a public apology to Kenya on Wednesday following the controversy sparked by a series of tweets posted by his son, Muhoozi Kainerugaba, in which he pointed to a possible invasion of the neighboring country and the seizure of Nairobi "in two weeks".

"I ask Kenyan brothers and sisters to forgive us for the tweets sent by General Muhoozi, former commander of the Land Army, in relation to electoral matters in that great country," Museveni stressed in a statement published through his official website.

He stated that "it is not right for public officials, whether civilian or military, to make comments or interfere in any way in the internal affairs of brotherly countries", before applauding the "peaceful" presidential elections in Kenya, in which the hitherto deputy president, William Ruto, won.

Museveni also justified the fact that, after being dismissed on Tuesday as head of the army following the controversy, he was promoted to the rank of general. In this regard, he stressed that his son made "a mistake" because of his messages, although he applauded his "positive contributions that he has made and can still make".

"This is a tried and tested formula, discourage the negative and encourage the positive," he stressed, before also apologizing to Ugandan citizens "who might be upset that one of their officers interfered in the affairs of sister Kenya."

"It is clear to me that General Muhoozi is a passionate Pan-Africanist. However, the right method for Pan-Africanists is confidential interactions or using available forums, especially if you are a public official," he has argued, while confirming that he himself "has conveyed all these views confidentially" to Ruto.

The Ugandan government on Tuesday distanced itself from Kainerugaba's statements and stressed that it "does not conduct its foreign policy and other official activities through social media nor does it rely on social media sources to address issues with other sovereign governments."

Kainerugaba on Monday began his remarks by extolling former Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, whom he described as "a big brother" and "an amazing man." "My only problem with my dear big brother is that he did not run for a third term. We would have won easily," he said, after Kenyatta stepped down after failing to run for president after serving his two constitutional terms.

Subsequently, Museveni's son continued to post messages on his Twitter account, where he spoke of a "revolution" that Kenyans would "soon know about." "It would only take me and my Army two weeks to take Nairobi," he said, before asking "where should I live once the (Ugandan) Army takes Nairobi."

After several messages along these lines, he asserted that he would "never assault the Kenyan Army" because his father "told him not to try." "Our people in Kenya must relax," he qualified, after which he advocated a union between Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania. "No honorable man can allow these artificial and colonial borders to continue to exist. If our generation has men, these borders must fall," he argued.

Finally, he noted that after the creation of the "East African Federation," Museveni will be president, Ruto will be vice president, Kenyatta will be foreign minister and he himself will be commander of the unified forces. "After capturing Nairobi, I will take my wife for a ride," he concluded, which is why the Ugandan ambassador in Nairobi, Hassan Galiwango, was summoned to a meeting with the Kenyan foreign minister, Alfred Mutua.

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