President Yoweri Museveni, Uganda’s president has faced numerous accusations by critics that he is grooming his eldest son, Maj Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba, to take over after him.
Museveni has severally denied such allegations but a recent move by the President has once again brought such talk to the fore. The President promoted his son to a become a special presidential adviser as he did a reshuffle of army commanders.
Maj Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba has risen rapidly within the military and has had to fight off rumors that he is being groomed to take his father’s place. Museveni is one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders and it is not unusual for African strongmen to bequeath some power to their family.
Angola’s President, for instance, is currently in a constitutional court in the country to defend his appointment of his daughter to head the country’s oil company.
Analysts have said that with the new role granted him by his father Maj Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba will be working more closely with state house and will ultimately gain more experience.
The 42-year-old Major General was (prior to the recent appointment) in charge of the Special Forces who were in charge of his father’s security. He is a graduate of the UK’s Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and in 2016, he was promoted from Brigadier to Major General.
Nicholas Opiyo, a political commentator and rights activist, spoke to Reuters news agency and told them;
“Muhoozi… is going to play a significant role in a post-Museveni Uganda, there’s no doubt about it,”
“He is just giving the boy a hand in experiencing how government works on the side of politics.”
Other officers who were affected by the reshuffle were Brigadier Peter Elwelu and Army Chief General Katumba Wamala. Brigadier Peter Elwelu who supervised the deadly raid in November on the palace of a regional king was promoted to Army Chief while Army Chief General Katumba Wamala was made a junior Minister for Works in the government. His move was seen as a demotion.
Paddy Ankunda the military spokesman said that all the moves were part of normal changes within the institution.