On Monday, the First Son Lt Gen Kainerugaba Muhoozi caused a tweet storm when he tweeted that atrocities aside, the Lords Resistance Army, that terrorised northern Uganda for more than two decades were “great soldiers.”
Muhoozi tweeted in the context of a new movie about the LRA leader Joseph Kony which premiers in cinemas on September 26.
Activists like Nicholas Opiyo accused the general of being “tone-deaf” and insensitive to the plight of the people of Northern Uganda.
The debate continued with some people supporting Muhoozi’s view, of course many with the intention of catching his eye.
One political commentator once wrote that the most lucrative job today is to “praise Museveni.”
Yet increasingly and as his father’s political influence wanes, praising Muhoozi might even be more rewarding.
Ask the promoter chap who has already printed shirts with inscription: MK is my role Model.
As some of us sleep, this chap is already strategising.
But back to the Muhoozi tweet, what did Muhoozi mean by the LRA being great soldiers?
Is it because for long the national army failed to defeat them?
Are they great because they maimed people and cut off their lips?
Are they great because of the land mines they planted, the bodies they cooked in pots?
Or are they great because they finally forced Museveni into peace talks, never mind that they eventually turned into peace jokes.
Indeed, Muhoozi has first hand experience of trying to capture Kony.
In 2008, he was one of the architects of Operation Lightning Thunder which was aimed at rooting out Kony from the Central African Republic (CAR).
A couple of years later, Muhoozi even came close to capturing Kony, the man himself, but missed him by a whisker.
He instead ‘captured’ Kony’s walking stick and a suitcase full of old Kaunda suits.
Had he captured Kony, sources said, he would have been made promoted to the rank of a Field Marshal.
So when he says LRA are great soldiers, he is speaking from a point of experience.
Those who are disputing this view should provide contrary evidence.
Many of them have never held a gun or a walking stick.
The only pseudo-military experience some of us have accumulated is limited to shouting at the occasional night burglar as you tighten the locks of your house.
Others boast of having killed a housefly or mosquito.
Muhoozi has slept in the thick jungles of CAR forests. On bare earth, with no electricity, no flushing toilets, no tap water, no bread or butter, no everything.
Legend has it that at some point during the search for Kony, Muhoozi and his troops walked over 3,000 KM. That is roughly the distance between Kampala and Harare in Zimbabwe.
So before you open your mouth and criticise the first son for calling LRA great, you first check your own personal credentials and see whether you match him.
I know very many people are envious of Muhoozi and would want to be in his position.
They are jealous of his military record and achievements. So whenever he tweets something very important (like how he is lucky to have Museveni and Janet as his parents), those with Nugu pounce.
They should be patient. Their turn will come. Tujja Kubayita
The Rogue is a satirical column that runs once a week on The Nile Post.
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