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Museveni: Why I promoted Gen. Muhoozi

By An Executive Editor

President Yoweri Museveni has revealed why he promoted former Commander, UPDF Land Forces- Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba.

Muhoozi was promoted yesterday from the rank of Lt. Gen. to full General.

Explaining the promotion, Museveni says that “there are other positive contributions the General has made..”

The President was writing to President William Ruto in regards to Muhoozi’s tweets Monday.

“I ask our Kenyan brothers and sisters to forgive us for tweets sent by General Muhoozi, former Commander of Land Forces here, regarding the election matters in that great country.  It is not correct for Public officers, be they civilian or military, to comment or interfere in any way, in the internal affairs of brother countries.  The only available legitimate forum is the Peer Review Mechanism  of  the  African  Union  or  confidential interactions  among  us  or  EAC  and  AU  fora –not public comments.  Why,  then,  promote him  to  full  General  after  these comments?    This  is  because  this  mistake  is  one aspect  where  he  has  acted  negatively  as  a  Public officer.    There  are,  however,  many  other  positive contributions  the  General  has  made  and  can  still make.  This is a time-tested formula –discourage the negative  and  encourage  the  positive.    Very  sorry, ndugu  zetu  Wakenya.    Also  sorry  to  the  Ugandans who could have been annoyed by one of their officials meddling in the affairs of brother Kenya,” the President says.

He, however, acknowledges a  fact  that  “General  Muhoozi  is  a  passionate  Pan-Africanist.”

However, he says that “the  correct  method  for  Pan-Africanists  is  confidential  interactions  or  using  the available  fora  (EAC  and  AU),  especially  if  you  are  a Public officer.”

I have conveyed all those views confidentially to H.E. Ruto, the President of Kenya, the President concluded his statement.

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