Uganda’s president, Gen Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, also the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, has reportedly promoted his son Muhoozi Kainerugaba from the rank of Lieutenant General to full General.
The President also dropped Muhoozi as the Commander of Uganda People’s defense Forces’ (UPDF) Land Forces and replaced him with Kayanja Muhanga, who he also promoted from the rank of Major General to Lieutenant General.
Muhoozi & Muhanga have been in charge of Operation Shujaa in DR Congo dispelling Allied Democratic Forces. This Islamist rebel group is reportedly backed by Al Shabaab and Al Qaeda.
Reports don’t indicate where Muhoozi, whose meteoric rise in the army has been questioned by many Ugandans, will be deployed next. But, now that he is a full General, a higher position in the military is the most likely destination for him; probably to replace Gen. Wilson Mbadi as Commander of Defense Forces.
The Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs has not yet communicated any changes in the chain of command of UPDF.
However, in a morning tweet, Muhoozi hinted that there would be changes in UPDF. He tweeted: “Had a good discussion with my great father this morning. Apparently, my tweets scared Kenyans too much. He will announce the changes. There is a special prayer I shall make for our army,”
A look at his Twitter page timeline, Muhoozi who has been busy on the social app has retweeted tweets from people known to be his close ally announcing his promotion.