EAST AFRICA: Minister Philemon Mateke of Uganda denies Uganda-Rwanda war tweet

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Regional Affairs State minister Philemon Mateke says government has launched investigations into the authorship of a tweet claiming he asked government to “respond” to the killing of Ugandans by Rwandan military forces.

Early this week, social media, was awash with shares of a tweet attributed to the junior regional affairs minister, in which he is alleged to have asked government to “respond” to the killing of Ugandan by Rwandan forces.

The tweet suggested that the minister had lost faith in the use of diplomacy to mend relations between the two countries because Rwanda appeared uninterested in the use of diplomacy.

The tweet further indicated that the minister had earlier warned Uganda not to sign a pact with Rwanda because it would not work, adding that no good can ever come out of signing a pact with her southern neighbour.

Speaking at the side-lines of the India’s 70th national day celebrations on Friday, where he was chief guest, Dr Mateke said he does have a Twitter account, adding that his mobile phone handset, is not smart. He believes that the tweet has origins in Rwanda.

“I have instructed the Ministry of Internal Affairs to investigate the authorship of that message. See the only phone I have. There are people inside Rwanda who have issues with me,” he said.

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