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HomeHeadlinesUganda’s President Yoweri Museveni appoints son as Head of Military 

Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni appoints son as Head of Military 

Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni appoints son as Head of Military

Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has appointed his son, Muhoozi Kainerugaba, the head of the Military in the East African country.

According to Reuters, the news was relayed in a statement by the nation’s defence ministry on Friday.

Muhoozi Kainerugaba a forty-eight (48) year-old general in the Ugandan military widely believed to be his father’s successor would replace Wilson Mbasu Mbadi, who was removed and appointed as a junior minister.

In 2002 Muhoozi caused much controversy when he threatened on his X page to invade neighboring Kenya. This prompted his father President Museveni to remove him as the commander of Uganda’s land forces.

In his X posts, Muhoozi also declared openly his support for Russian President Vladimir Putin on the war in Ukraine.

Muhoozi remains a polarising figure feared by many but also praised for philanthropic acts, such as paying students’ medical costs or footing the hotel bill for the cash-strapped national basketball team during the 2021 AfroBasket championships.

What to Know

  • Uganda is set to hold its next election in early 2026 and Museveni is widely expected to seek re-election.

 

  • Muhoozi is Married to Charlotte, a businesswoman. the father-of-three is said to have been instrumental in a rapprochement between Uganda and Rwanda in 2022.
  • He was also rumoured to have played a key role in a joint operation by Ugandan and Congolese forces in 2021 against the ADF in the eastern DR Congo.

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