Maj Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba. Photo/File
KAMPALA - The First Son who is also the Senior Presidential Advisor on Special Operations Maj Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba and his entourage did not instigate a commotion at Sky Lounge, a hang out in Kampala during the New Year's celebrations.
In a statement issued by the spokesperson of the office of the Presidential Advisor on Special Operations, Maj Chris Magezi the army noted that they, “had been alerted by some falsehoods circulating on social media about the cross over to 2019 celebrations at a Sky lounge in Kampala.”
Sky Lounge also issued a brief statement in which it stated that Muhoozi was a welcomed visitor and that there was no commotion at the venue. “Please ignore the false rumours on the internet. The General was welcomed and his presence was fully appreciated by our customers. We were happy to have him around.”
Magezi assured all friends and colleagues of Gen. Muhoozi who might be concerned about the social media misrepresentations, that these were lies intended to spite and project a negative image of what was otherwise a happy occasion he attended.
Muhoozi was among several revelers who went to Sky Lounge together with his friends to celebrate the New Year. A day after, messages were shared on social media and they went viral indicating that his escorts had ordered revelers to vacate their seats for his group.
The army however, noted that the true record of the events were that, “the venue was packed with people happy and enjoying the New Year celebrations and no standing room was available. There was thus no alleged pushing and shoving intended by anyone. On the contrary all the people were squeezing in to find standing space.”
Magezi also noted that that there were many people at the venue who were happy that Gen. Muhoozi joined them to welcome the New Year including the jokes about the ‘red berret’.
“What has been taken out of context on social media is that there were friends and colleagues all joking with him about the red cap, and him playfully insisting on wearing it since he regularly dons this as an army officer any way. Therefore, nobody intended or pushed anyone in out of the venue on account of a cap or dress code. It is absurd that a joke is politicized and made an issue,” Magezi said.
He also noted that Gen. Muhoozi only spent 30 minutes at this venue and left with other colleagues. A video that has been shared online about the events at Sky Lounge seen by Saturday Vision does not in any way show the General involved in the shoving and fighting.