President Museveni’s son, Gen Muhoozi retires from army

In the ears and eyes of analysts, General Muhoozi's recent announcement amplifies the rumours that he's being prepared to replace his father on the ballot come 2026.

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Uganda’s president Gen (Rtd)Yoweri Museveni (L) and his son, Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba. Photo/ Courtesy.

President Yoweri Museveni’s son, Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba who is also the Commander of the Land Forces says he’s retiring from the Ugandan army.

“After 28 years of service in my glorious military, the greatest military in the world, I am happy to announce my retirement,” Lt Gen Muhoozi tweeted on Tuesday.

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During his 28 years of service in the UPDF, the First Son said he has achieved more than enough.
“Me and my soldiers have achieved so much! I have only love and respect for all those great men and women that achieve greatness for Uganda everyday.”

Born on 24 April 1974 in Dar es Salaam to Museveni who has been President of Uganda since 1986, Muhoozi started school in Tanzania and later studied in Kenya and Sweden.

However, when his father became President, he returned to attend schools including Kampala Parents School Kings College Buddo and St. Mary’s College Kisubi

He started military training in 1994 just after leaving high school and later joined the University of Nottingham from 1996 till 1998.

Gen Muhoozi formally joined the UPDF in 1999 before being admitted at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst where he graduated in 2000.

He also spent some time at the Egyptian Military Academy for company and battalion command course.

Muhoozi Kainerugaba also attended the Kalama Armoured Warfare Training School, in Kabamba, Mubende District and in 2007 he joined the United States Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas where he graduated in 2008.

He was elevated to the rank of Major General in May 2016 shortly after the presidential elections.

In 2019, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General which meant that in a space of 20 years, Muhoozi has risen from the rank of sergeant to Lt General, an unprecedented feat in Uganda’s military history.

In the ears and eyes of analysts, General Muhoozi’s recent announcement amplifies the rumours that he’s being prepared to replace his father on the ballot come 2026.

Although he was quoted in the media in 2016 denying harbouring presidential ambitions, many believe a lot of water has passed under the bridge and he could have changed his mind.

Muhoozi who by then said was “very happy being in the military and that is where I intend to stay for some time,” has not come out to deny the rumours linking him to the top seat in the country.

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