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Uganda: President’s son loses army post after Twitter spree

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The Ugandan president’s son, Muhoozi Kainerugaba, has lost his position as the commander of the country’s land forces after going on a twitter spree on Monday.

On Monday, Gen Kainerugaba tweeted that it would take him and his army just two weeks to take over Kenya’s capital Nairobi.

He then said on Tuesday morning that he had spoken to his father, President Yoweri Museveni, and realized that his tweets had caused a stir in Kenya.

Kainerugaba considered his tweets a joke, but Uganda’s foreign ministry failed to see the funny side of it.

We “treasure the existing strong bilateral relations” with “brotherly neighbour” Kenya and do not conduct official business over social media, the ministry said in a statement on Tuesday, hoping to smooth things over.

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Kainerugaba has now been promoted to the rank of a full general, the highest rank in the army and will remain as presidential advisor on special operations.

Gen Kainerugaba had previously been commander of the special forces which are in charge of guarding President Yoweri Museveni.

Muhoozi Kainerugaba is considered by some as being groomed to succeed his 78-year-old father in power.

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Gen Kayanja Muhanga, who has led Ugandan army missions in Somalia and is currently leading the contingent fighting the Allied Democratic Front (ADF) rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo, will take over as the commander of land forces.

Ugandan army spokesman Brig Felix Kulayigye has told the media that Uganda has a good relationship with Kenya and its army cannot invade the neighbouring country.

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