Feb 9, 2023

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Uganda distances itself from Muhoozi tweets backing TPLF

Tweets from Uganda’s Land Forces Commander, Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba, who supports the Tigray rebels, is his personal opinion and not the army’s position, a ministry official said.

In an interview with BBC Focus on Africa on Monday, Brig Felix Kulayigye said the Spokesman for the Ministry of Defense and Veterans Affairs and the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF), while carefully avoiding mentioning Lt. Gen. Muhoozi directly, said the tweets were not the UPDF’s position.

“I agree aware of everything the military does. And as you noted, that was a tweet, not from the Commander of the Defense Forces of the UPDF, not from the Defense Department spokesman. So this cannot be our official position,” Brig Kulayigye told the BBC.

Lieutenant Muhoozi tweeted statements in support of the Tigray rebels and accused the Ethiopian government of human rights abuses.

Ethiopian media , diplomats and military officials have linked his statements to the report circulating on social media accusing Uganda of funding and training TPLF rebels in Uganda.

Lieutenant Muhoozi did not delete the tweets nor corrected its support for the Tigray. In fact, he has vowed to Egypt, a bitter rival of Ethiopia, and pledged to be his ally in case of attack.

Brig Kulayigye told the BBC that “information on Uganda’s official position by the Ministry of Defense on matters affecting affecting other militaries is given officially, not through tweets.”

Although Uganda has denied supporting Ethiopian rebels and has called an alleged leaked intelligence report pure fabrication, the claims have had serious consequences for Uganda’s diplomacy in the region.< /p>

Several Ugandan officials, including Defense Secretary Vincent Ssempijja, Defense Forces Chief General Wilson Mbadi, and diplomats flew to Ethiopia and met with senior military officials to distance themselves from the tweets and the alleged report.< /p>< p>Last week President Museveni sent a radio message to military units preventing all officers from doing so e to use their social media accounts to post topics related to Uganda’s international relations and also party politics.

Lt G de Muhoozi has not tweeted since June 25.

Lt Gen Muhoozi’s tweets about M23 rebels also caused diplomatic problems with Uganda in the DRC to the extent that the DRC threatened to halt joint operations against the allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels in the east of the country.