A photo on the tweet that was closed for replies
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s Twitter handle has been closed for replies on the president’s tweets.
This is the first time that the president’s account which has been in existence for 10yrs has been closed for comments. Twitter introduced the option of restricting account access such as locking out comments, replies and likes in August of 2020.
“Headed for the Monday Cabinet meeting and official engagements at State House Entebbe,” Museveni tweeted on Monday at 1:04PM. The tweet has two photos as the president was being chauffeured in a Benz on Entebbe Expressway and a third photo when the president convoy is entering State House. But this tweet is locked for replies.
“Who can reply? People @KagutaMuseveni mentioned can reply” is the alert that shows up in the reply section.
The president’s account that has 2.1 million followers usually generates high traffic in terms of comments from both his supporters and haters; supporters praising him and haters throwing ridicules and insults at the head of state.
The tweet that has been closed for comments for instance had generated 1,200 likes and 413 retweets when this reporter wrote the story at 5:00PM.
The president’s previous tweet sent on Saturday March 27th about him taking a Covid-19 jab generated 3,400 likes, more than 1,000 comments and more than 800 retweets.
The tweet of March 22nd when Museveni was at the Tanzania’s High Commission in Kampala signing condolence book of deceased Tanzania president John Pombe Magufuli attracted more than 1,400 comments and 3,500 likes.
The only option remaining for anyone to comment on the president’s tweet is through retweeting it with a comment referred to as Quote Tweet.
The president’s haters have leveraged this option to ridicule him. “Even regime apologists badly wanted to comment on this, but the dictator in @KagutaMuseveni,” tweeted Steve whose Twitter handle name is @SoberMuzukulu.
“Man is tired of Ugandans abusing him. He now limits his tweets to only viewing not commenting,” Roy Kigoya said.
“Simple, simple things can portray the dictatorship in you. Why did you restrict us from commenting,” Edgar Watson tweeted.This is not Watson, the Chief Executive Officer of Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA).
The president’s supporters equally seem surprised by the move but have kept positive replies flowing through quoted tweets. “I wanted to wish you a safe journey mu comments naye kilabika toyagala,” Nansubga Winnie said. “With such a beautiful infrastructure #WhyUgvotedM7,” Komuntale Lisa tweeted.
Senior Presidential Advisor Don Wanyama said the function for replies “will be up soon.” He said they are doing “some routine technical work.”
In another tweet sent out at 5:21 showing the president arriving at State House to chair cabinet meeting, the reply section has been unmuted. “EARLIER: Arriving with Mama @JanetMuseveni for the Cabinet Meeting at State House Entebbe. Resolutions from the meeting will be fully communicated in due course,” the tweet reads.