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Despite tweet announcing retirement, Ugandan army says President’s son, Kainerugaba, has not retired

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President Yoweri Museveni’s son, Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba has not retired from the Ugandan army despite his social media announcement.

According to the Ugandan army spokesperson, Brig-Gen Felix Kulaigye, Gen Kainerugaba, is still active and has not even applied for retirement.

Recall that Africa News Watch reported that Gen Kainerugaba who is the Commander of Land Forces, Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) on March 8, announced his retirement from the army after 28 years of service on Twitter.

Gen Kainerugaba, widely believed to be Ugandan President, Museveni’s successor after he posted about his retirement on Twitter.

Hours after the tweet went viral, a video of the “First Son” with his close friend, journalist Andrew Mwenda, was released. In the video, Gen Kainerugaba insisted he will only retire in eight years.

Mwenda said the retirement tweet was an error by Gen Kainerugaba’s social media handlers.

Despite the denials, many Ugandans continue to believe that Gen Kainerugaba has resigned to succeed his father in the next presidential election.

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Congo DR electoral body, CENI, announces date of presidential election

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The electoral authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Commission Electorale Nationale Independente (CENI) have announced dates for the next presidential election.

CENI on Saturday said the election will take place on December 20th next year.

The commission outlined several challenges, including the logistics of transporting ballot materials thousands of miles, health concerns about Ebola and COVID-19, and unrest that has forced hundreds of thousands to flee their homes.

The incumbent president, Felix Tshisekedi, who already expressed his intention to run again. He might be running against Martin Fayulu, who continues to claim that he won the 2018 election and was denied victory.

Terrorist activities, largely by a rebel group, M23 have drawn reactions from stakeholders in the East Africa region and global observers. The M23 is a rebel military group based in eastern areas of the DRC, mainly operating in the province of North Kivu.

According to the electoral authorities, insecurity remains the main challenge for the next elections.

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Congo DR rebel group, M23 wants direct talks with government. Will Kinshasa concede?

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The M23 rebel group, which has been at loggerheads with the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo has asked for a direct talk with the government.

The positions are days after the deadline for the declaration of a permanent truce between the worrying battles.

Leaders of Rwanda, Burundi, and Angola met this week in Luanda to find a solution to the conflict in eastern Congo, which has forced thousands to flee their homes.

But the M23 was not part of the discussions and found out about the statement on social media, its spokesperson said.

The spokesperson of the group, Lawrence Kanyuka, “thanked the regional leaders for their efforts to find a peaceful solution to the current conflict.”

“Give us direct negotiations with the government to resolve the root causes of conflict that are producing all these wars here,” he said. M23 leader Bertrand Bisimwa also issued a statement to the same effect.

Meanwhile, Congo DR’s foreign minister Christophe Lutundula said: “It won’t happen. I can reassure you on behalf of the government and the President of the Republic.”

The M23 is a rebel military group based in eastern areas of the DRC, mainly operating in the province of North Kivu.

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