Uganda: Social media “Attention Seeker” reacts after Muhoozi deactivates his Twitter account
Lieutenant General Muhoozi Kainerugaba, commander of the land forces, deactivated his Twitter account on Monday night, which has since sparked debate among Ugandans.
In the early hours of Monday night and Tuesday morning, a number of social media users have initially thought that Twitter suspended the account for violation of his civic integrity policy, but it was not the case.
The Forum of the opposition Democratic Change (FDC) was the first to celebrate, saying that Twitter had rescued Ugandans of “irritating tweets, frightful and traitors who risked lives.”
Post Nile however established that for suspended accounts on the popular microblogging site, the flag “Account Suspended” is always displayed, which was not on the account of Muhoozi indicating that he is deleted itself, or someone with access to the account deactivated it. .
Order “from above”
Some Ugandans believe the account may have been taken down due to an order “from above” due to what they called his recent “reckless” tweets.
For at least three years, the UPDF commander has become regularly active on Twitter, some of his tweets are considered “unwise” in the eyes of opinion leaders and part online Ugandans.
Muhoozi could often make tweets about Uganda’s position on diplomatic transmitters, the most recent being the Russian invasion of Ukraine. It will also discuss regional affairs and the military.
The journalist Mordecai Muriisa think a person slightly above it in the hierarchy might have suggested to him to deactivate his account.
Muhoozi seeks attention
For some, the deactivation is simply to attract attention and get Muhoozi widely talked about in the media. A James Kakeeto said he expects the first son to return to his beloved social media platform soon.
“This is what I suspect, that (Muhoozi) loves attention. He now looks at people talking about it and rejoiced. He soon reactivate and his supporters then praise him as having been” triumphant, “said Kakeeto.
A certain Walusimbi also shared the same sentiments. He said it was likely a “ploy” to trend on Twitter ahead of his 48th birthday celebrations.
“We will probably see hashtags like #WelcomeBackMK #MKWinsTwitter and other brandished by the team of praise,” Walusimbi said.
By the time the account was suspended, Muhoozi announced a mega birthday celebration as he celebrates 48 years later this month.
We will always support him
Young entrepreneur and CEO of Jada Coffee Jackie Arinda said she would join other Ugandans in supporting Muhoozi whether her account is reinstated on Twitter or not.
“We will continue to support you, keep up the good work,” Arinda noted.
Twitter’s Account Deactivation Policy recommends that users must reactivate their accounts within 30 days or the account will be permanently deleted.
It remains to be seen whether Muhoozi will reactivate his before the 30-day ultimatum.