By Frank Kamuntu
Kampala: Uganda’s first son Muhoozi Kainerugaba a Lieutenant General in the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) and former commander of the Special Forces Group dubbed Senior Presidential Adviser for Special Operations has once again come out and poured praises to his father and President of the Republic of Uganda H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni ahead of 2021 general elections.
In his latest tweet, Muhoozi revealed that he and his father Museveni were refugees in Tanzania in 1976 and therefore the fact that Museveni fought to bring all of them ‘refugees’ back home and pacified the entire country makes him one of the greatest heroes of Africa.
Me and my father, Yoweri Museveni, as refugees in 1976, in Dar es Salaam. The fact that he fought to bring all of us 'refugees' back home and pacified the entire country makes him one of the greatest heroes of Africa. pic.twitter.com/WeRnsUuj6m
— Muhoozi Kainerugaba (@mkainerugaba) October 8, 2020
Few minutes after Muhoozi’s tweet, a couple of Ugandans seconded him with the various tweet and among those that were touched with his message included Minister of Gender, Labour and Social Development dubbed Kibale County MP Hon. Frank Kagyigyi Tumwebaze who also tweeted, “Great endorsement. Thanks, Gen MK”
Great endorsement. Thanks Gen MK https://t.co/iolDBiB2Zk
— Frank K Tumwebaze,MP : Psalms 124 : 1-8 (@FrankTumwebazek) October 8, 2020
It is worth noting that it was few years after Museveni had received residence in Tanzania as a refugee when the Uganda–Tanzania War, known in Tanzania as the Kagera War broke up in October 1978 until June 1979, that led to the overthrow of Ugandan President Idi Amin.
The war was preceded by a deterioration of relations between Uganda and Tanzania following Amin’s overthrow of President Milton Obote and subsequent seizure of power in 1971.
The President of Tanzania, Julius Nyerere, had close ties with Obote and supported an attempt by him to launch a rebellion in Uganda in 1972, leading to a border clash and eventually the signing of an agreement with Amin which stipulated that both leaders would withdraw their forces from the Uganda–Tanzania border.
Nevertheless, relations between the two presidents remained tense, and Amin began claiming that the Kagera Salient—a stretch of Tanzanian land between the official border and the Kagera River, should be placed under Uganda’s jurisdiction. Over the following years Amin’s regime was destabilised by violent purges, economic problems, and dissatisfaction in the Uganda Army.
The war severely harmed Tanzania’s fragile economy and inflicted long-lasting damage to Kagera. The Uganda–Tanzania border dispute remained at low intensity until its resolution in 2001.
The war also had severe economic consequences in Uganda and brought about a wave of crime and political violence as the UNLF government struggled to maintain order. Political disagreements and the persistence of the remnants of the Uganda Army in the border regions ultimately led to the outbreak of the Ugandan Bush War in 1980 that brought President Museveni into leadership.
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