Uganda distances itself from Muhoozi tweets backing TPLF


Tweets by Uganda’s Commander of Land Forces Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba supporting Tigray rebels are his private opinion, and never the stand of the military, a ministry official has stated.

In an interview with the BBC’s Concentrate on Africa on Monday, Brig Felix Kulayigye, the spokesperson of the Ministry of Defence and Veterans Affairs and the Uganda Folks’s Defence Forces (UPDF), whereas cautiously avoiding to straight point out Lt Gen Muhoozi, stated the tweets weren’t the place of the UPDF.

“I’m conscious of all the pieces that the navy does. And should you observed, that was a tweet not from the Commander of the Defence Forces of the UPDF, not from the spokesperson of the Ministry of Defence. So it may’t be our official place,” Brig Kulayigye instructed the BBC. 

Lt Gen Muhoozi tweeted statements in help of the Tigray rebels and accused the Ethiopian authorities of human rights abuses.

Ethiopian media, diplomats and navy have been tying his statements to the report circulating on social media accusing Uganda of funding and coaching TPLF rebels in Uganda. 

Lt Gen Muhoozi has neither deleted the tweets nor made corrections about his help to the Tigray individuals. Actually, he has been praising Egypt, a bitter rival of Ethiopia, and promising to be its ally in case of any assault on it.


Brig Kulayigye instructed the BBC that “data in regards to the official place of Uganda’s Defence ministry on issues referring to different militaries is given formally, not by means of tweets.”

Though Uganda denied supporting Ethiopian rebels and known as an alleged leaked intelligence report a complete fabrication, the claims have had severe penalties to Uganda’s diplomacy within the area.

A number of Uganda officers, together with Defence Minister Vincent Ssempijja, Chief of Defence Forces Gen Wilson Mbadi and diplomats flew to Ethiopia and met high navy officers to distance themselves from the tweets and the alleged report.

Final week, President Museveni despatched a radio message to navy items stopping all officers from utilizing their social media accounts to put up points associated to Uganda’s worldwide relations and likewise partisan politics. 

Lt Gen Muhoozi hasn’t tweeted something since June 25. 

Lt Gen Muhoozi’s tweets about M23 rebels additionally induced diplomatic issues to Uganda within the Democratic Republic of Congo to an extent that DRC threatened to halt the joint operations towards Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels within the jap a part of the nation.

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