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Uganda: Opposition want Gen Muhoozi jailed, demoted

A section of Ugandan leaders and scholars yesterday reacted with consternation over President Museveni’s speedy apology to Kenya on behalf of his 48-year-old son, Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba, whom he sacked as Commander of Land Forces (CLF) on Tuesday and simultaneously promoted him to a four-star general.

Three of them – the Leader of Opposition Mathias Mpuuga, Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago and Shadow Attorney General Wilfred Niwagaba – variously called for Gen Muhoozi to instead be demoted and court-martialled for allegedly violating army rules barring serving officers from making divisive public commentary on political, military and foreign policy issues.

UPDF Spokesman, Brig Felix Kulayigye, in answer to a similar question on Twitter space conversation hosted by Africa Institute of Investigative Journalism (AIIJ) Executive Director Solomon Serwanjja, downplayed the matter, arguing that although Gen Muhoozi’s view had caused “discomfort”, the statements were “personal” and largely “inconsequential”.

In interviews for this article, both current and former leaders including National Unity Platform (NUP) party leader Robert Kyagulanyi, alias Bobi Wine, who described tweets by the First Son as “thoughtless”, questioned why the Commander-in-Chief and not his son was the one apologising.

Gen Muhoozi kicked up diplomatic storm between Uganda and Kenya when he claimed in a tweet that he, and his army, which he did not specify, would need a fortnight to overrun Nairobi (the capital city of Kenya).

In another tweet, he propositioned that outgone Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, whom he called his “big brother”, should have ignored constitutional term limits and run for president a third time.

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