KAMPALA, UGANDA: The Commander in Chief (CiC) of the armed forces, President Yoweri Museveni has ordered first son Lt. Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba the Commander of Land Forces (CLF) to stop commenting about matters of national security and foreign policies on his Twitter account.
According to a report by DailyMonitor‘s Thursday publication, Museveni’s directive followed a top-level security meeting with high-ranking army chiefs over the weekend in Southwestern Ntugamo, further stirring rumours of fatigue in the national army.
Among those summoned was the Chief of Defence Forces, Gen Wilson Mbadi, who had been in Kenya conferring with regional counterparts on details of an East Africa Force to pacify eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), D/CDF Elwelu, CLF Muhoozi, service chiefs and other commanders deemed relevant to issues for discussions.
The same publication reports that highly-placed security sources who attended the meeting said the President expressed utter dissatisfaction with the reckless behaviour of some individuals within the army and warned them to desist from such promiscuity and ‘drunkenness’.
It is further reported that Gen. Museveni agreed with the top military leadership (whom he referred to as “my people” in a radio call message) that social media is not bad in itself, but the issue is how it is used.
He, therefore, asked the CLF and other commanders to stop discussing or commenting on international relations issues on social media but instead use the platforms to discuss sports, youth issues, political ideology, and education.
Gen Museveni’s directive comes at a backdrop of the CLF’s continued use of Twitter in a way many tweeps deemed problematic and a matter of concern with the security of the country and the neighboring countries.
Muhoozi, who is followed by over 500k accounts on the microblogging site has for the past months been the most vocal senior UPDF officer with political and security commentary including vouching support for Tigray rebels fighting Ethiopian Prime Minister Ahmed Abiy’s government, offering to back Rwanda in any conflict, praising self for brokering a thawing of two-year frosty Kampala-Kigali relationship and, in February, he tweeted that “majority of (non-white) mankind” supported Russia on Ukraine invasion.
It is also reported that Gen Museveni promised, without specifying the period, that he will provide a detailed brief about how military commanders should relate.