Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni’s son General Muhoozi Kainerugaba has left a cryptic message about President Uhuru Kenyatta amid tensions between the two countries over the Malaba border.
Kainerugaba, in a defiant stance, took to social media where he proclaimed that no one could break the bond between the two countries.
He did not elaborate on the context of the social media post but its timing raised eyebrows as it came amid tense trade relations between Nairobi and Kampala.
Uganda President Yoweri Museveni, his son Muhoozi Kainerugaba and mother Janet Kataha.
The Ugandan soldier is a close friend to Uhuru and highly regarded as his father’s chosen successor. Kainerugaba had shared a photo where he was having a good time with the Kenyan president at a Nairobi establishment.
“Anyone who thinks they can break the bond between Uganda and Kenya should first go ask Jesus Christ for forgiveness! God bless Uganda and Kenya!!” he wrote.
The Ugandan Head of State’s son, in previous occasions, has showered praises on Uhuru about his leadership- terming him as one of the greatest presidents Africa has ever had.
“My big brother, His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta, is one of the greatest Presidents Africa has ever had. He is intelligent, humble and extremely charming. Long live President Uhuru!!” he previously stated.
Uganda has experienced fuel shortage after Kenyan truck drivers declined to pay Ksh3,000 in order to take the mandatory test at the border- a directive that had been issued by Museveni. This led to the truck drivers conducting numerous strikes over the issue.
The tension between the two at the border had led to traffic snarl-ups over the test saga.
During the weekend, Uganda’s Ministry of Energy, in a statement, had promised to sort the issue and clear the border point to allow free flow of trucks transporting fuel.
“Once cleared in a few days, supply and prices will return to normal, and there is no need for the public to panic.
“The cases of scarcity in districts such as Hoima will be addressed with the ongoing replenishment. The government is doing everything possible to prioritize the handling of Petroleum Products at the borders to ensure build up in-stock levels in the country, “read the statement in part.
Museveni’s government, in a bid to solve the crisis, listed more health facilities and testing laboratories near the border for ease of access to the tests.
The stalemate between the two countries has led to traders hiking fuel prices- a factor that the Ugandan government rebuked.
“Speculators hoarding petroleum products and leading to an unnecessary hike in fuel prices are advised to desist from this bad practice. The price of petrol in the country should not exceed UShs5,000 (Ksh160) per litre,” read part of the statement from Uganda’s Ministry of energy.
In August last year, the ODM party issued a statement where it challenged Deputy President William Ruto to explain what they described as an irregular relationship with Museveni’s party – the National Resistance Movement (NRM).
The statement came after the DP was blocked from leaving Nairobi for Uganda in a highly publicised standoff.
“From where Ruto is getting political advice, it can be revealed that he would not relinquish power, he is not fit for power. We want Ruto to come clear on his relationship with NRM of Uganda.
“Ruto wants to ride to power by taking advantage of those in desperation hence pushing them to deeper misery… Ruto’s relationship with Museveni is aimed at creating chaos in the event he is defeated in 2022,” ODM stated.
Trucks lined up waiting for clearance at the Malaba border post.