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Uganda’s president's son banned from Twitter following controverisial tweets

Uganda’s president's son banned from Twitter following controverisial tweets
The son of Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni, Major General Muhoozi Kainerugaba ....   -  
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Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni said Monday (October 17) that his son would no longer tweet about the country's affairs, after a series of controversial tweets in early October in which he threatened to invade Kenya.

The unfriendly words of General Muhoozi Kainerugaba, the 48-year-old eldest son of the head of state, had offended the Kenyan neighbor. He had suggested that it would take him and his army not "two weeks" to take over the Kenyan capital Nairobi.

"He's going to leave Twitter. We have had this discussion. Twitter is not a problem. The problem is what you tweet," said the man who has ruled Uganda since 1986, in an interview with a local Ugandan TV station.

"Talking about other countries and Uganda's politics is something he should not do and will not do," Museveni added.

Muhoozi Kainerugaba will still be able to express himself on social media, the president said, as long as he limits his comments to sports, for example.

In his series of messages on Twitter on October 3, the Ugandan president's son also criticized former Kenyan head of state Uhuru Kenyatta for not running for re-election in August, even though the Constitution forbids him to serve more than two terms.

President Museveni, one of Africa's longest-serving leaders, apologized to his "Kenyan brothers and sisters" two days later and blamed his son for "interfering in the affairs" of Kenya.

Meanwhile, on October 4, Muhoozi Kainerugaba was removed from his post as commander of the ground forces. On October 13, he apologized. "I never had any problem with Afande Ruto," he tweeted, referring to the new Kenyan president William Ruto.

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