Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni said on Monday his outspoken son would stay off Twitter on matters of state, after a social media tirade that included a threat to invade neighboring Kenya.
Powerful General Muhoozi Kainerugaba, 48, has often sparked controversy with his Twitter comments, but his particularly undiplomatic outburst earlier this month prompted Mr Museveni to intervene.
“It wouldn’t take me and my army two weeks to capture Nairobi,” Major General Kainerugaba tweeted earlier this month.
Mr Museveni told a local Ugandan TV channel this week that his son would be “quitting Twitter”.
“He’s going to quit Twitter. We’re having this discussion. Twitter isn’t a problem. The problem is what you tweet about,” he said.
But Major General Kainerugaba, he said, could still use social media as long as it was limited to sports commentary, for example.
“Talking about other countries and Uganda’s partisan politics is something he shouldn’t and won’t do,” Museveni added.
The president had apologized to Kenya in early October after Major General Kainerugaba, among other remarks, suggested leading his troops to capture Nairobi.
He also chastised former Kenyan leader Uhuru Kenyatta for not attempting an unconstitutional third run for president in the August ballot, in what was seen as an insult to newly elected President William Ruto.
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni attends the inauguration ceremony of Kenya’s fifth President William Ruto at Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi, Kenya on September 13, 2022. Source: Getty / Anadolu Agency/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
The first son also asked forgiveness last week for his remarks to Mr Ruto, whose swearing-in ceremony was attended by Mr Museveni.
In Monday’s interview, Mr Museveni nevertheless defended his son as a “very good general”, having promoted him to the rank when he had stripped him of his role as head of Uganda’s ground forces.
Although Major General Kainerugaba has repeatedly denied claims that he intends to succeed his 78-year-old father – one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders – he has enjoyed a rapid rise in the ranks of the Ugandan army.