Uganda’s Military General Says His Army Would Capture Nairobi in 2 Weeks

Muhoozi Kainerugaba

You may be thinking that Uhuru and his “brother” Raila are the only ones pained by the loss of the Presidency to William Ruto. Well, there are six million Kenyans who were not satisfied with the results, but there is another “brother” in Uganda who is equally disturbed by Ruto’s Presidency.

Uganda’s Lieutenant General Muhoozi Kainerugaba seems to be angered by something related to Ruto’s ascendancy to the throne. In one of his recent tweets, he confirmed his soft spot for the former President of Kenya Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta.

“Just spoke to my big brother, Afande Uhuru. An incredible man! I love him for his courage, honesty and intelligence! He will visit Uganda soon,” Kainerugaba said.

 

Muhoozi Kainerugaba, popularly known as MK, cannot hide his disappointment with the exit of Uhuru Kenyatta from the State House. So much that he wishes Uhuru would have gone for a third term as confirmed in this tweet:

“My only problem with my beloved big brother is that he didn’t stand for a third term. We would have won easily!”

MK also sounds like a man who is annoyed by the progress that Kenya has made in its democratization process. To proof his fears, he says, “Haha! I love my Kenyan relatives. Constitution? Rule of law? You must be joking! For us there is only the Revolution and you will soon learn about it!”

This tweet starts with a sarcastic love, an outward projection of his inner bitterness and envy. He goes on to claim that Kenya’s constitution and rule of law is a joke. Without reading much into this, anyone can imbue this to mean that the military leader is not contended with Kenya’s constitutionalism and rule of law at a time when Uganda is repressing any voice that goes against his father’s regime.

Reading from his social media posturing, it looks like the man is too excited about his role as an Army General. In fact, his tone is akin to desperation; close to Russian President Putin’s wishful thinking over the 1991 pre-soviet status quo.

Putin’s regime just recently donated USSR-aged army helicopters and weapons to Uganda, in what seems to be Kremlin’s charm over Africa as the West is looking away from their bloody gas and oil.

Drawing parallels between MK and Putin makes sense if you look further into Muhoozi’s recent tweet where he claimed that his Army can easily capture Nairobi.

The Ugandan military chief said, “It wouldn’t take us, my army and me, 2 weeks to capture Nairobi.”

This tweet did not go down well with Kenyan’s on Tweeter. One of the Kenyan citizens angered by Muhoozi’s utterance said, “Man thinks Nairobi is a village like Uganda where he can use Capture and recapture method.”

As of the time I was writing this article, MK’s tweet had attracted over 2600 replies, 2200 retweets, and 3,400 likes.

Noticing the response, Muhoozi fueled the fire with another reckless tweet. “I’m happy that members of our district in Kenya, have responded enthusiastically to my tweet. It’s still 2 weeks to Nairobi!”

Indeed, Kenya’s vast land from the border with Uganda to Naivasha in the Rift Valley province was once part of Uganda during the colonial era. However, the internationally recognized borders shifted to Busia and Malaba borders even before both countries got independence.

Whether MK recognizes these borders is now questionable, and like Putin, it looks like he is trying to reclaim “lost territory”, except that he stands no chance against a stronger, more equipped, more organized military of Kenya.

With this knowledge, he does not dare make any such move, because even his own father as president cannot take such a dreadful step.

So he chooses only to show his barbaric and archaic thoughts on social media, like Donald Trump who used to tweet all his frustrations as a one-term president.

One thing Kainerugaba is forgetting is that Kenya is a much more advanced country than them. His unfounded rattling on social media shows a declining relationship between Kenya and Uganda, but it may not end well for the dictators.

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