The powerful son of Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni, Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba, has expressed support for the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Gen Kainerugaba – who is the commander of Uganda’s land forces – tweeted that “the majority of mankind (that are non-white) support Russia‘s stand in Ukraine“.
“Putin is absolutely right!” he added.
“When the USSR parked nuclear armed missiles in Cuba in 1962, the West was ready to blow up the world over it. Now when Nato does the same they expect Russia to do differently.”
The majority of mankind (that are non-white) support Russia's stand in Ukraine.Putin is absolutely right! When the USSR parked nuclear armed missiles in Cuba in 1962 the West was ready to blow up the world over it. Now when NATO does the same they expect Russia to do differently?
— Muhoozi Kainerugaba (@mkainerugaba) February 28, 2022
Along with Sudan’s Gen Mohamed Hamdan “Hemeti” Dagolo, Gen Kainerugaba is the only senior military officer in Africa to publicly voice support for the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
He is rumoured to be a possible successor to his 77-year-old father, who has been in power since 1986.
The West African regional bloc Ecowas has condemned Russia’s invasion, while the African Union called on Moscow to respect Ukraine’s “territorial integrity”.
South Africa’s foreign affairs ministry has called for the withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukraine.
Gen Kainerugaba also retweeted prominent Ugandan journalist Andrew Mwenda, who said that even “an amateur in international power politics can see that Moscow can never allow Ukraine’s accession to Nato & EU, coz it poses an existential threat to Russia!