FIRST SON KAINERUGABA SPILLS BEANS ON MUHOOZI PROJECT, TALKS WITH HIS ‘FRIEND & BROTHER’ BOBI WINE
By Mulengera Reporter
President Yoweri Museveni’s son Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba has in the past few days let Ugandans in on his thoughts on a plan to have him succeed his father, and talks with political newcomer Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine.
In two successive tweets on Wednesday and Thursday, Kainerugaba broached the issue of Muhoozi Project and that of talks with Bobi Wine on playing peaceful politics.
On the former matter, Muhoozi came closer to revealing his acceptance of the rumored project, calling it “a blessing.”
“Some evil people coined this phrase to try and destroy us!” wrote Kainerugaba, attaching a photo of himself donning a yellow hooded jumper reading ‘Muhoozi Project’.
“But trust my generation to convert every curse into a blessing! Thank you, Ugandans!”
Now critics are interpreting this statement to mean that the first son has decided to gauge the depth of the political river – with both feet.
For example, political commentator and Pastor Joseph Kabuleta of the Watchman Ministries, who was detained for a rant shredding Kainerugaba and his father, thinks the first son has now made the Muhoozi Project “official.”
“… I guess now is a good time to remind him [Kainerugaba] never to use brute force in response to intellectual rhetoric,” wrote Kabuleta.
About seven years ago, former Intelligence Services Coordinator Gen David Tinyefuza (Sejusa) claimed there was a scheme by longtime President Yoweri Museveni to assassinate top government and military officers opposed to his plan to have his son succeed him.
Although the ensuing response from the State saw Tinyefuza flee into exile, and news publications that had run the general’s bold statements closed, the ‘Muhoozi Project’ has continued to dominate political rumors regarding the Museveni succession question.
Ahead of the 2016 general elections, the ‘Why Not Youth Pressure Group’ (WNPG) openly came out to sell the Muhoozi Project even when the first soon had previously dismissed claims of a scheme to elevate him.
“Uganda is not a monarchy where leadership is passed on from father to son. This so-called [Muhoozi] project is a people’s creation,” Muhoozi had responded to Tinyefuza in 2013.
With Museveni winning the 2016 presidential election, WNPG went into oblivion, but there emerged a new crop of the project’s marketers that includes events promoter Balaam Barugahara, and media bosses Andrew Mwenda of the Independent Magazine and Red Pepper’s Arinaitwe Rugyendo.
TALKS WITH BOBI WINE
In another tweet posted Thursday, Kainerugaba sought to tell Ugandans he had a close relationship with singer-turned-politician Bobi Wine of the People Power pressure group.
Referring to the Kyadondo East MP as “my brother” and former “friend,” Kainerugaba revealed that “a lot of my supporters are telling me to sit down and talk to my brother Bobi Wine.”
“I have no problem talking to him, we talked in the past and were friends,” added the first son, sharing a photo that shows him chatting with a dreadlocked Bobi Wine. “I just advise all the youth never to seek war over peace.”
In this tweet, Kainerugaba doesn’t only confirm he and his father are considering talks with Bobi Wine, but further tells the political opposition he has a legion of “supporters” who believe in the Muhoozi Project.
On Kainerugaba’s talks with the People Power pressure group leader, Joel Ssenyonyi, Bobi Wine’s mouthpiece, has told local media that the first son should instead talk to his father to give Ugandans a peaceful political transition they have yearned for since independence.
But Bobi Wine, who available reports show he was not a close ally of the first son, but also of former Police Chief Gen Kale Kayihura, Museveni’s political Mr Fixit for about a decade, is still coy on the suggestion of talks with Kainerugaba.
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