On Monday, October 3, Uganda President Yoweri Museveni’s son Muhoozi Kaneiragaba angered a section of Kenyans when he hinted that it won’t take him two weeks to capture Nairobi and make the city a part of Uganda’s territory.
In a series of Tweets, Kainerugaba, who is the commander of the land forces of the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) went ahead to suggest that he’d live in either Riverside or Westlands upon invading Nairobi.
“It wouldn’t take us, my army and me, two weeks to capture Nairobi,” he said on Twitter, a post that attracted more than 6,000 retweets and 8,500 comments.
However, on Tuesday, October 4, the Ugandan Government distanced itself from attempts aimed at breaching Kenya’s sovereignty.
In a statement, the government through the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the neighboring country said it does not conduct its businesses through social media.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes to clarify that the Government of the Republic of Uganda does not conduct its Foreign Policy and other official business through social media nor does it depend on social media sources in dealing with other sovereign Governments,” read the statement in part.
It further assured its Kenyan counterpart that it will maintain the harmonious relationship between the two countries and reiterated its commitment to good neighborliness, peaceful co-existence, and cooperation
“The Government of the Republic of Uganda, therefore, wishes to reiterate its cordial relationship with the Republic of Kenya and assure the people and the Government of the Republic of Kenya of our harmonious relationship that we value.”
This come just hours after Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei demanded the Yoweri Museveni-led Government apologise to Kenya over the disturbing tweets by Museveni’s son.
“I expect by morning the ministry of foreign affairs to summon the Ugandan ambassador to shed light on Gen. Muhoozi’s social media outbursts and subsequent apology. This is undermining the spirit of unity of EAC,” he said.