President Yoweri Museveni, the father of Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba, congratulated him on his 48th birthday, saying his son was a son born into struggle for liberation.
The President of Uganda and the father of Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba, Yoweri Museveni, congratulated him on his 48th birthday, declaring that he was a special child born during the liberation struggle.
“I congratulate Lt Gen Kainerugaba upon making 48 years on earth. You, people, call him Muhoozi but I call him Muwooji because while in exile in Dar-es-Salaam, our neighbour was Gen Tito Okello (RIP), he couldn’t pronounce the name Muhoozi.” Museveni tweeted.
He said Gen Tito would refer to Muhoozi’s mother Janet Museveni as Mama Muwooji and that way Muhoozi also got the same name, Muwooji.
“Unfortunately, Gen Tito is not here, but I am happy to be here with his son Okello (Oryem). Okello was a teenager when Muhoozi was a child and would stay with Muhoozi and siblings while we were away.”
The president in addition, revealed that Muhoozi was a gift to him in his early days of the liberation struggle. He was the first entrant of the resistance movement only second to Julius Kategaya.
“He was born on 24th April 1974 at Kurasini, Dar es Salam, Mama Janet was driven to the hospital by a Dutch Lady. The following day, I rang Samora Machel to inform him of the news. He was the earliest Kadogo of the Resistance (only second to Julius Kategaya who took another path). He is also an early veteran at 5 years when we were arrested in Kireka by our UPC allies, they were planning to send us to God but our force with Kagame and Saleh rescued us,” Museveni wrote.
“I do not know what impact that scenario had on him, because he was a prisoner of war. I want to thank Mama Janet Museveni who looked after him and his siblings right all through these situations, even in exile,” he added.
Meanwhile, Muhoozi’s birthday party on Saturday brought together a number of people from different parts of the country. Post celebrations also attracted several distinguished guests from within the country and outside including H.E President Paul Kagame from Rwanda.
Speaking about his visit, Museveni thanked Mr. Kagame for accepting to respond to the invitation from his first son. He said Muhoozi has always had a strong relationship with the Rwandan president.
“I would like to thank H.E Paul Kagame, we are happy that you responded to Lt Gen Muhoozi’s invitation and came. President Kagame and Muhoozi have a long history together. They are old friends,” Museveni wrote further.
“I once again congratulate Lt Gen Muhoozi. To the parents, listen to what your young people say, give them your opinion, but don’t suppress them. That’s what I have been doing for my children, you may be suppressing something good.”