Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni‘s son, Muhoozi Kainerugaba, is known for making insane comments on statements about sovereign states. Even after him being banned from making such statements, he did not stop.
Muhoozi Kainerugaba on Thursday, March 30, declared that his country, Uganda, will send troops to Moscow if it ever gets under threat.
“Call me a ‘Putinist’ if you will, but we, Uganda shall send soldiers to defend Moscow if it’s ever threatened by the Imperialists!” Kainerugaba said on Twitter.
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Uganda has abstained from United Nations votes on the conflict, including one last month commemorating the one-year anniversary of the war, which called for Moscow to withdraw its forces immediately and unconditionally.
At the same time, he also revealed the launch of a television and radio station under his MK brand, led by a former special forces spokesman, with Russia as one of the first destinations.
Russia is known to have excellent relations with the majority of African countries, President Museveni has previously defended his country’s ties with the Kremlin.
“How can we be against somebody who has never harmed us,” he said during a tour of Africa. Despite this, Muhoozi Kainerugaba making such remarks, as well as some of his Twitter rants, have caused Ugandan foreign policy problems.
Here are some of such statements he has made in the past:
In 2017, Muhoozi, in a tweet said the Ugandan military was preparing to deploy to South Sudan to aid in the restoration of peace and stability in the region. Some criticized this statement for possibly escalating the conflict, and it is unclear whether any such deployment occurred.
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In 2019, Kainerugaba sparked outrage by referring to Rwanda as a “small, poor country” and implying that Uganda had been generous in allowing Rwandans to work in Uganda. Given Uganda and Rwanda’s past of war and tension, the tweet was deemed insulting and insensitive.
After making controversial comments about neighboring countries, Kainerugaba was allegedly barred from making public statements connected to military affairs or foreign policy in 2020. It is unclear, however, whether he has continued to make such comments despite the ban.
Muhoozi Kainerugaba does not occupy an official government position in foreign policy or military affairs.