On Thursday March 16, 2023, for the second time in this month, Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba deleted a message announcing that he will run to replace his father, President Yoweri Museveni in the 2026 elections.
On March 3, Muhoozi had also announced on Twitter that he would run for President of Uganda, the message he immediately deleted.
On Wednesday night, he announced another message that he will campaign to replace his father who has been in power for more than 35 years, and on Thursday he removed him.
Various analysts say that his proposal is no longer a secret that disclosure is the source of the problem
Gen Muhoozi is known for his controversial posts on Twitter – including one that sparked a conflict between Kenya and Uganda and was later sacked as army chief after he threatened to attack Kenya.
Edwin Byakatonda, an expert in political studies, says that what Muhoozi is doing may be a “conciliation due to a strong desire” to succeed his father.
“But it’s also possible that it’s a political ploy to put one foot in the river to make sure it’s not too deep and get out of it. Whether it’s a good or bad tactic is different for everyone.”
Muhoozi has created what he calls the MK Movement, which he says supports him, including what he calls the MK Army, which has real and fake Twitter accounts that support or endorse his claims.
Experts in the use of social media say that today this method is used by various governments to oppose, attack or even support and show that there may be a majority in favor of a certain point, even if it is not the case in reality.
Byakatonda says that “if the NRM party really intends to support Muhoozi as he campaigns to replace Museveni, now it has reached a critical point”.
“In a country with great social opportunities but also threatened by youth unemployment and corruption, this is a critical time when young people are making a choice between change or continuing to be ruled by Museveni or his son.
“Those options will be presented in 2026, that’s why you see Gen Muhoozi is restless,” Byakatonda adds.
However, it is not yet clear whether Museveni can run again in 2026, after winning a sixth term in 2021 with 59% of the vote.
Gaston K. Rwaka