Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba, the powerful son of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, has declared support for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Gen Kainerugaba, Uganda’s land forces commander, tweeted that “the majority of humanity (non-white) supports Russia’s stand in Ukraine.”
“Putin is dead on!” he added.
“In 1962, when the Soviet Union stationed nuclear-armed missiles in Cuba, the West was prepared to blow up the globe over it. Now, when NATO does the same thing, Russia is expected to behave differently.”
Gen Kainerugaba is Africa’s first senior military officer to openly embrace Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
He is being touted as a potential successor to his 77-year-old father, who has ruled since 1986.
Russia’s invasion has been criticized by the West African regional bloc Ecowas, while the African Union has urged Moscow to respect Ukraine’s “territorial integrity.”
South Africa’s foreign affairs ministry has demanded that Russian forces leave from Ukraine.
Gen Kainerugaba also retweeted noted Ugandan journalist Andrew Mwenda, who stated that “even an amateur in world power politics can tell that Moscow will never allow Ukraine to join NATO or the EU, because it would constitute an existential threat to Russia!”