Why Museveni Jr met President Kenyatta

President Uhuru Kenyatta met Lieutenant General Muhoozi Kainerugaba in Nairobi

The Ugandan media however reported that Lt Gen Kainerugaba was in Nairobi on his way back from Somalia, where he had been as from September 23 to September 27 visiting Ugandan troops involved in the ongoing operations against Al-Shabaab

By The Weekly Vision Online

Museveni’s son Lieutenant General, Muhoozi Kainerugaba posted on his Twitter handle saying; “I was honoured to visit my elder, my big brother and my hero recently in Nairobi. President Uhuru is an inspiration to many of us across East Africa and Africa!” he said.

There was a mixed reaction to the visit in Uganda with some claiming Kainerugaba plans to follow in his father’s footsteps by becoming president just like Uhuru Kenyatta has done. The Ugandan media however reported that Lt Gen Kainerugaba was in Nairobi on his way back from Somalia, that he was there from September 23 to September 27, where he interacted with Ugandan troops involved in ongoing operations against Al-Shabaab.  

On the other hand, Uganda’s opposition has appealed to President Uhuru Kenyatta to persuade his friend President Yoweri Museveni to retire next year. Youthful politician Bobi Wine led opposition leaders in Uganda in appealing to President Kenyatta to advise Museveni through his son who visited Nairobi last week that the “tired and ageing” dad should step down.

President Kenyatta’s meeting with Museveni’s son in Nairobi also drew mixed reactions in Kenya as the 2022 election campaigns intensify especially when Lt Gen Kainerugaba described President Kenyatta as his “hero”

The opposition in Kampala insists Museveni has reached the age of “diminishing returns” and had become a liability to a majority of Ugandans who desire a peaceful transition that has eluded the landlocked country since independence in 1962. The opposition that includes UPC of the founding president Milton Obote said the ageing Museveni had already run out of options and was preparing to hand power to his son the Commander of Land Forces (CLF), Lieutenant General, Muhoozi Kainerugaba.

President Kenyatta’s meeting with Museveni’s son in Nairobi also drew mixed reactions in Kenya as the 2022 election campaigns intensify especially when Lt Gen Kainerugaba described President Kenyatta as his “hero” (read for respecting the two-term limit and agreeing to step down unlike his father Museveni!)

Ugandans say Museveni has refused to look at himself in the “mirror” and realise that his days are long gone, adding that a much younger and more energetic President Uhuru was retiring next year as per the constitution. He did not change the constitution to illegally extend his tenure like Museveni, the opposition noted something which Museveni’s son seemed to appreciate as he lavished praise on President Kenyatta who bows out of power in August of next year.

Although President Museveni enjoys warm ties with President Uhuru, he is said to be wary of Kenyatta’s preferred heir in the 2022 elections, former PM Raila Odinga. Mr Odinga has in the past made no secret about his misgivings with the Kampala regime he accuses of harassing Kenyan fishermen on Migingo island and for repeatedly holding sham elections. Mr Raila dismissed the 2016 elections that pitted Museveni against his former bush doctor Kizza Besigye, as blatant daylight robbery.

Raila said even the most optimistic observer aware of Uganda’s turbulent past could not excuse the blatant broad daylight “rigging” that saw polling stations in opposition strongholds delaying to open by up to 12 hours, even after opening late there were no ballot materials while official closing time was not extended.

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