IN SHORT: In power since 1986, Uganda’s untiring president Yoweri Museveni shows no sign of slowing down. If he does, his son Muhoozi Kainerugaba has expressed interest in taking his place. But a much shared image of popular actor Jackie Chan endorsing Kainerugaba for president is fake.
An image of Hong Kong actor and filmmaker Jackie Chan wearing a T-shirt printed with a photo of Muhoozi Kainerugaba, the controversial son of Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni, is circulating on Facebook. Text below the photo reads: “The Next President”.
This suggests that Chan endorses Kainerugaba as his father’s successor. Museveni has been in power since 1986.
Kainerugaba has expressed interest in succeeding his father. But he has recently caused the older Museveni plenty of headaches, such as causing a diplomatic furore after he threatened to invade Kenya, Uganda’s eastern neighbour.
Chan’s films are popular in Africa and beyond, so his support would be a boost for Kainerugaba’s political ambitions. But is the image real?
Photo from 2010 festival in Texas
Ignore the manipulated image. Chan hasn’t endorsed Kainerugaba as the next president of Uganda.
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