By Philip Wasswa
KAMPALA. President Yoweri Museveni's Twitter page has hit more than one million followers, making him the first person or organization to reach the one million mark on the influential social media platform.
As of today (Monday), the President's Twitter account has 1,000,827 far ahead compared to his political rivals or even leading media houses' Twitter accounts such as NTV (798,113), New Vision (477,299) and Daily Monitor (587,647).
According to the Senior Press Secretary to the President, Don Wanyama the milestone indicates Museveni is a popular figure.
“Of course you must give him credit. He has been not just active letting his followers know what he has been up to but also engages a lot,” Wanyama told the Kampala Post.
“You have seen him respond to specific tweets and give feedback to his followers. He is a leader who keeps up with the times,” said Mr. Wanyama who is believed to have contributed immensely to the milestone.
Comparing Museveni with his political competitors, Dr. Kizza Besigye at 353, 649 while Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi has 264, 501. Democratic President General Norbert Mao has 69, 722.
In fact, the sum of those following Museveni's political rivals does not make a million. Mr Museveni's Facebook page also has 484, 379 followers, again, a figure bigger than that of any of his rivals on Twitter.
Mr. Museveni has won five presidential elections -- 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 and 2016. Mr. Museveni has also been endorsed by his party to continue holding their flag in the 2021 elections which he is also likely to win.
The next presidential and general elections are less than two years away, in 2021, according to a roadmap the Electoral Commission released late last year.