Museveni’s son announces on Twitter that he will run in Uganda’s elections, then deletes message

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The son of Uganda’s current president, controversial General Muhoozi Kainerugaba, announced via a message on his Twitter account that he would run in the country’s 2026 elections, only to later delete it, all less than a year after he was removed from his post as head of the Ugandan Army after tweeting that he could take »in two weeks» Kenya’s capital Nairobi.

In the now-deleted message, Kainerugaba advocated representing the country’s »young people,» a possible criticism of his father, 78-year-old President Yoweri Museveni.

»How many of you agree that our time has come? We have had enough of old people bossing over us. Dominating us. It’s time for our generation to shine,» he said in another message, which he did not delete, the Ugandan daily ‘Nation’ reported.

In October 2022, Kainerugaba had to apologize for another series of tweets in which he claimed that »it would only take me and my Army two weeks to take Nairobi», as well as asking »where should I live once the (Ugandan) Army takes Nairobi».

These tweets led to his dismissal as Army chief, despite his father insisting he is »a good general» and promoting him in the military career, amid suspicions that he is being groomed to replace his father as president, according to ‘Nation’.