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No, Ugandan president Museveni didn’t tweet announcement of his brother’s death

IN SHORT: Social media may have declared him dead but Salim Saleh, the brother of Uganda’s long-serving leader Yoweri Museveni, is very much alive and has been seen at his daughter’s wedding.

A screenshot of what seems to be a tweet by Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni announcing the death of his brother, general Salim Saleh, has been making the rounds on Facebook.

It reads:“Countrymen and Countrywomen, family, friends and the entire NRM-NRA-UPDF fraternity. With deep sorrow, I announce the death of my brother General Salim Saleh Akandwanaho which occurred at 10:29pm this evening in Nairobi, from organ failure.”

It’s dated 14 September 2022.

The NRM, or National Resistance Movement, has ruled Uganda since 1986.

Saleh, born Caleb Akandwanaho, is a retired Ugandan military officer who served in the Uganda People’s Defence Force

But did Museveni really tweet that his brother had died? 

Hints the tweet is fake

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An advanced Twitter search for the tweet returned no results. We could not find the tweet on Museveni’s Twitter timeline either. 

Also, the screenshot tweet shows the timestamp as “11:15pm”. When you view a tweet on your own Twitter feed or someone’s timeline, the time appears as 11:15 PM.

The full stop after the timestamp and date of the supposed Museveni tweet is also inconsistent with what we see in a legit tweet.

Days after 14 September, the date on the tweet, Saleh made a public appearance at his daughter’s wedding.

 

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