President Yoweri Museveni’s son
has not retired from the Ugandan army despite his social media announcement,
the army says.
Army spokesperson Brig Gen Felix
Kulaigye said Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba, who is also the commander of Uganda’s
land forces, is still active and has not even applied for retirement.
Gen Kainerugaba, widely believed to
be Mr Museveni’s successor, on Tuesday posted on Twitter that he had retired
from the army after 28 years of service.
Hours after the tweet went viral, a
video of the “First Son” with his close friend, journalist Andrew Mwenda, was
released. In it Gen Kainerugaba insisted he will only retire in eight years.
Mwenda said the retirement tweet was
an error by Gen Kainerugaba’s social media handlers.
Despite the denials, many Ugandans
continue to believe that Gen Kainerugaba has resigned to succeed his father in
the next presidential election.
This is not the first time that Gen
Kainerugaba has posted controversial tweets that raised criticism of him as
both a military commander and the president’s son