KAMPALA: The Executive Director of UNAIDS, Ms Winnie Byanyima, has urged First Son and head of UPDF land forces Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba to delete his social media posts in regard to the conflict between the Ethiopian government and the rebel forces in Tigray.
On Saturday, Gen Kainerugaba tweeted: “I urge my great and brave brothers in the Tigrayan Defence Forces to listen to the words of General Yoweri Museveni! I am as angry as you and I support your cause. Those who raped our Tigrayan sisters and killed our brothers must be punished!”
On Sunday, he added: “Our great Tigrayan brothers and sisters cannot be defeated. They have an unconquerable spirit! #JohnHaftu in Tigray Defence Forces (TDF) song 2021 https://youtu.be/vxkcmjspmIU via @YouTube.”
— Muhoozi Kainerugaba (@mkainerugaba) November 6, 2021
In response, Ms Byanyima, who is wife of Dr Kizza Besigye, who has on four occasions challenged Yoweri Museveni to the presidency, replied: “Please delete this tweet. It is risking the lives of Ugandans working and living in Ethiopia.”
Please delete this tweet. It is risking the lives of Ugandans working and living in Ethiopia. https://t.co/KIZObi2dC8
— Winnie Byanyima (@Winnie_Byanyima) November 7, 2021
Several people responded, seemingly supporting Byanyima.
African posted: “We Ethiopians respect Uganda! & we never interfer in Uganda’s internal affairs! Why this general wants to get involved in Ethiopia’s internal affair? We know why? Yes he has link with Egypt, we respect that! But he should stop being trojan for Egypt in our internal affair!”
Minakapo said: “The lack of awareness of what a tweet like this from someone in his position could trigger, is stunning!”
Barnabas Atwiine added: “The fact that this twitter account is not hacked into is beyond what my mind can grasp.”
Kalungi Julius said: “That’s how far Ugandans have been handled process by process that they cannot distinguish between right and wrong, bad and good even with very simple issues, And unfortunately because they don’t know how badly they are affected, they are proud of it.”
This comes after tens of thousands of Ethiopians vowed to defend the capital from advancing rebels during a pro-military rally on Sunday, November 7, 2021 where attendees dismissed diplomatic efforts to end the year-long war.
Fighters from the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and their allies in the Oromo Liberation Army (OLA) have claimed several cities in recent weeks and have not ruled out marching on Addis Ababa.
The government, which has denied the capital is under threat, has nevertheless declared a state of emergency and local authorities have asked residents to organise to defend the city.