Muhoozi Kainerugaba, the son of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, is at it again with yet another controversial tweet targeting Kenyan territory.
This time round the controversial Ugandan Army General is seeking to know whether Westlands neighbourhood in Nairobi is still “on sale.”
“Is Westlands still up for sale?” Muhoozi tweeted on Tuesday.
Is Westlands still up for sale?
— Muhoozi Kainerugaba (@mkainerugaba) January 3, 2023
On October 3, 2022, through his official Twitter handle, Gen Muhoozi threatened to invade Kenya, saying it would not take two weeks for him to seize Nairobi.
He went ahead to ask followers for suggestions of where he should live if his planned invasion succeeded, naming a few plush neighbourhoods such as Westlands and Riverside.
“It wouldn’t take us, my army and me, 2 weeks to capture Nairobi. I’m happy that members of our district in Kenya, have responded enthusiastically to my tweet. It is still 2 weeks to Nairobi. After our army captures Nairobi, where should I live? Westlands? Riverside?” he tweeted.
Then On October 18 he further tweeted: “I hear some journalists from Kenya asked my father to ban me from Twitter? Is that some kind of a joke?? I am an adult and no one will ban me from anything!”
But following a sustained uproar from Kenyans on social media, President Museveni apologised to Kenyans in a long letter.
“This mistake is one aspect where he has acted negatively as a Public officer. There are, however, many other positive contributions the General has made and can still make. This is a time-tested formula –discourage the negative and encourage the positive,” President Museveni said.
Gen Muhoozi, who is widely regarded as the de facto head of the military and President Museveni’s heir apparent, later apologised to President William Ruto, saying the comments were made in jest.
President Museveni also gave a media interview saying his outspoken son would stay off Twitter only when it comes to affairs of state. He said Gen Muhoozi would still be able to engage on social media as long as he restricts himself to comments about matters such as sport.
“Twitter is not a problem. The problem is what you are tweeting about. Talking about other countries and partisan politics of Uganda is something he should not do and he will not do it,” the Ugandan head of state said then.