Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba, a son to President Museveni has deactivated his Twitter account, technology experts have revealed.
Earlier reports had indicated that Twitter had suspended his account of over half a million followers over possible breaches but experts have found out that he personally or his administrators deactivated the account.
For any suspended account on Twitter, it retains the flag “Account Suspended” whereas where the user deactivates their own accounts , the flag “this account doesn’t exist” is retained.
The latter is displayed on Gen Muhoozi’s account.
A US-based Ugandan, Mathias Ssemnada, who is also known for his keen interest in digital media, has been quick to conclude in a tweet that someone with access to the account, deactivated it.
“Yes, the account was deleted by the owner. Case closed! Twitter policy on account deletion recommends that a user should reactivated their account within 30days after deactivation. If that’s not done, the account will permanently be deleted. Let the count-down begin,” he wrote.
Mathias is an expert on account recovery especially in cases of hacking & suspension.
He has helped many key people recover their accounts. He has a close working relationship with Twitter & Facebook.
In a tweet, opposition Forum for Democratic Change(FDC) party seems to celebrate the development.
FDCwrote: “Well, Twitter decided to jump the gun to save Ugandans from the irritating, awful, treasonous tweets that were risking their lives.”
Gen Muhoozi recently used the same account to announce the so called mega 48th birthday party scheduled for April 24th.
In behaviour untypical to serving army officers, Muhoozi, the commander of Land Forces has been using his account to hit and respond to his critics.
He recently used his twitter to sound a serious warning to rustlers in the Karamoja sub-region against attacking communities, revealing that the army would swing into action with ‘hell’ if the status quo was maintained.
Twitter and Facebook last year blocked a number of government officials for manipulating public debate ahead of the 2021 elections.
Additional reporting by Nile Post