Uganda leader since 1986, President Yoweri Museveni, has promoted his eldest son, Major Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba to become a special presidential adviser in a reshuffle of army commanders.
Major Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba has risen rapidly within the military, fuelling speculation that he is being groomed to become president one day.
Photo Caption: Major Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba
Analysts say his new role, working more closely with state house, will broaden his remit and experience.
President Museveni, 72, is one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders. He came to power in 1986 after winning a five-year guerrilla war – and last year won his fifth term in office with more than 60% of the vote.
His son, Gen. Kainerugaba, 42, had been in charge of the Special Forces in charge of his father’s security since 2008.
He graduated from the UK’s Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 2000 and last year was promoted from brigadier to major general.
“Muhoozi… is going to play a significant role in a post-Museveni Uganda, there’s no doubt about it,” political commentator and rights activist Nicholas Opiyo said.
“He is just giving the boy a hand in experiencing how government works on the side of politics,” he added.
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