NAIROBI, KENYA: A Kenyan High Court advocate has dragged the former Commander of Ugandan Land Forces, Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba seeking court to charge him with treason, threatening the security and alleged breach of territorial integrity in the East African region.
The High Court Advocate Mr Apollo Mboya who filed the case before the Milimani Law Courts in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital listed the Inspector General of Police and Director of Public Prosecutions as 1st and 2nd respondents respectively.
In his petition, Mr Mboya made it clear that Gen. Muhoozi while using Twitter made threatening remarks claiming to launch a military invasion to capture Nairobi, which he says is a threat to the country’s territorial integrity.
“That Muhoozi Kainerugaba, the 3rd Respondent who is a Senior Military Officer in the neighbouring country of Uganda has committed treasonable offences of threatening national security, territorial integrity and sovereignty of Kenya after expressing his intention to launch a military invasion to capture Nairobi, the capital city of the Republic of Kenya within two (2) weeks,” reads the petition.
Mboya goes further to note that after Muhoozi made the remarks, his father who is also Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni promoted him to full military status.
“The Head of State of the Republic of Uganda who is also the Commander of the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF), has rewarded Lt. General Muhoozi Kainerugaba by promoting him to a full General of the Uganda Peoples’ Defense Force (UPDF) following his threats to invade Kenya thereby conferring additional capabilities to General Muhoozi Kainerugaba,” adds the lawyer.
The Lawyer insists that Gen Muhoozi should be penalised under Section 43 of the Kenyan Penal Code Act and consequently be imprisoned for life. He says the application should be treated “urgently”.
“Any person who, not owing allegiance to the Republic, in Kenya or elsewhere, commits any act or combination of acts which, if it were committed by a person who owed such allegiance, would amount to the offence of treason under section 40, is guilty of a felony and is liable to imprisonment for life.”
Responding to the call by the Kenyan Advocate, Gen Muhoozi in another tweet, Gen Muhoozi laughed off the application by Mboya, adding that “Maybe I should arrest the ones who are charging me with treason?
President Museveni has apologised to Kenya already for the tweets sent by Gen Muhoozi and amply expressed himself against the method of communication by the General.
In a recent interview with KTN and NBS TV, Museveni said that Gen Muhoozi needs to use his Twitter account for cultural and sports communications rather than engage in partisan debates within the country and politics of other countries.
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