President Yoweri Museveni has promoted his son Muhoozi Kainerugaba from the rank of Brigadier to Major General.
A memo from the Chief of Defence Forces [CDF] Gen Katumba Wamala, says the promotions were made by the president, Gen Yoweri Museveni also the commander-in-chief.
Katumba ordered the names of the promoted soldiers published immediately.
Muhoozi Kainerugaba (born April 24, 1974) is the Commander of the Special Forces Group, which contains the unit known as Presidential Guard Brigade responsible for providing security to the President of Uganda and to Uganda’s constitutional monarchs.
The Special Forces Group is also responsible for providing security at Uganda’s oil installations.
He is the son of Museveni, who is allegedly grooming him as his successor.
Muhoozi started military training in 1994 after he left high school.
He then attended the University of Nottingham from 1996 till 1998. But he did not formally join the UPDF until 1999.
That year, he was married and soon after, was admitted to the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, graduating in 2000.
He was later admitted to Egyptian Military Academy where he took both the company and battalion commanders courses.
He also has attended the Kalama Armoured Warfare Training School, in Kabamba, Mubende District, Central Uganda.
In 2007, he was admitted to a one-year course at the United States Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, graduating in June 2008.
Following that, he successfully completed the Executive National Security Programme at the South African National Defence College.
Upon his return to Uganda from Sandhurst in 2000, Kainerugaba was assigned to the Presidential Protection Unit as a Second Lieutenant.
In 2001, he was promoted to the rank of Major in the UPDF.
As a Major, he became a brigade commander in the Presidential Guard Brigade.
Following his graduation from Fort Leavenworth in 2008, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and appointed Commander of the Special Forces Group in the Uganda People’s Defence Force.
Other promoted officers
Other four senior officers were promoted alongside Muhoozi.
Col. Muzeeyi Sabiiti, Muhoozi’s deputy has been promoted to the rank of Brigadier.
Col. Charles Lutaaya has been promoted to the rank of Brigadier.
Maj. Gen. Joram Mugume has been promoted to the rank of Lt. General.
Col. James Bugabe has been promoted to the rank of Brigadier.