President Museveni has announced a reshuffle of army commanders that includes the promotion of his son to a presidential advisory role.
Maj Gen David Muhoozi Kainerugaba, Museveni’s eldest son and former head of the elite special forces, is now being charged with heading special operations which include sensitive security installations and the president’s security.
The reshuffle of army commanders was carried out on Monday night by President Museveni, who is one of Africa’s longest serving leaders.
Kainerugaba’s appointment fuels the rumors that the Major General is being groomed to replace his father. It is also said that his father directly influenced his meteroic rise in the military.
Kainerugaba graduated from the UK’s Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 2000. He further attended the Egyptian Military Academy and the United States Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
Kainerugaba was promoted to the rank of Major in 2001 and in 2008, following his graduation from Fort Leavenworth, was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
On 16th May, 2016, he was promoted to Major General by the President, strategically placing him close with State House dealings while broadening his remit and experience.
Other notable changes include the demotion of former army chief, Gen Edward Katumba Wamala to a civilian post of junior minister in the Ministry of Works.
Maj Gen David Muhoozi has been promoted to the rank of full general and will take over Gen Wamala’s position.
Brig Peter Elwelu, the commander who led the attack and supposed ‘genocide’ in Rwenzururu has been promoted to the rank of Major General. He will take over Maj Gen Muhoozi’s vacated position of Chief of Land Forces.