President Yoweri Museveni raised his followers’ expectations on Twitter, only to turn around and slap them in the face.
Tweeps have been complaining about the president never engaging them directly, something that prompted Museveni to announce that he would prepare such a session on Friday September 18, 2015.
“I will hold a live chat with you on national and regional matters,” the president announced saying the session would run under the hashtag #AskM7.
Museveni who said he was “looking forward to a constructive engagement”, turned around and cancelled the planned session through his official Twitter handle @KagutaMuseveni.
A tweep immediately pointed out that the session would not even take place and the president proved this assertion right when he announced the next day: “Due to unavoidable circumstances, I will not have a live chat as planned earlier.”
“A new date will be communicated,” Museveni said on his handle.
Other tweeps told the president that in any case, he had not content to present to them and that they were not surprised at all.
“@philbrookadede Sep 16: @KagutaMuseveni you always don’t have content. Very empty President.”
“@lwangafarouk Sep 16: @KagutaMuseveni Very disorganized.”
“@2017AfterM7 Sep 16: @KagutaMuseveni knew u can’t keep up with #TVO…had bought myself some popcorn and water to relax and see how the country disowns you.”
Why the hassle?
The president’s potential rival in 2016 general elections and his former Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi, has been declared “president of social media” where he has gathered masses much to the detriment of his former boss.
Mbabazi who declared his presidential bid on YouTube was in June 2014 rated by Twiplomacy as the most conversational world leader on Twitter.
On the other hand, Team UOT, an initiative of Platinum Media Uganda, ranked President Yoweri Museveni’s Twitter account the 7th most followed in Uganda last year.
In July 2014, Twiplomacy revealed that President Museveni was the most influential African leader on the social media platform Twitter.
Months back, President Museveni ordered the sacking of his press unit but was over-ruled by a trio of his assistants who instead maintained the old team and sacked young staff.
He hired the former Daily Monitor Editor, Don Wanyama, as a political assistant and assigned him to catch up with Mbabazi in print media.
Speaking on NBS TV, Tamale Mirundi, the presidential advisor on Media, said Mbabazi popularity was a result of NRM party ignoring media.
The president is doing all he can [unfortunately not quite successfully] to surpass his possible rivals in the 2016 general election.
This includes recording rap songs like “Yengoma” which recently captured social media attention.