• Thursday, 13 June 2024
President Museveni says his outspoken son will refrain from using Twitter.

President Museveni says his outspoken son will refrain from using Twitter.

After a social media tirade that included a threat to invade neighboring Kenya, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni said Monday that his outspoken son would stay off Twitter when it came to state matters.

Muhoozi Kainerugaba, a powerful general, has frequently caused controversy with his Twitter comments, but his particularly undiplomatic outburst earlier this month prompted Museveni to intervene.

"He is leaving Twitter. We're having this conversation. Twitter is not an issue. The issue is what you're tweeting about "In an interview with a local Ugandan television station, the veteran leader stated.

However, Kainerugaba, he said, would be able to use social media as long as he limited his comments to sports-related topics.

"He should not and will not talk about other countries and partisan politics in Uganda," Museveni added.

In early October, the president apologized to Kenya after Kainerugaba suggested, among other things, taking his troops to capture Nairobi.

He also chastised Kenya's former president, Uhuru Kenyatta, for not attempting an unconstitutional third presidential bid in the August election, which was seen as a slight on newly elected President William Ruto.

Last week, the first son also sought forgiveness from Ruto, whose swearing-in ceremony Museveni attended.

Museveni defended his son as a "very good general" in an interview on Monday, despite having stripped him of his role as commander of Uganda's land forces.

Despite his repeated denials that he intends to succeed his 78-year-old father, one of Africa's longest-serving leaders, Kainerugaba has risen quickly through Uganda's army ranks.

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