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Uganda President Appoints Son as Head of Defense Forces

Uganda’s long-standing leader, Yoweri Museveni, has appointed his son, Muhoozi Kainerugaba, to lead the country’s defense forces, as announced by the government.

This marks a significant milestone in Kainerugaba’s career, which has seen a rapid ascent through Uganda’s military ranks.

Despite previous denials of his intention to succeed his father, who holds one of Africa’s longest-serving leadership positions, the 49-year-old general has steadily climbed the ranks.

His social media presence, often controversial, has fueled speculation about his ambitions.

In a now-deleted post last year, Kainerugaba expressed his intention to run for the presidency in the 2026 elections, hinting at a generational shift in leadership. This sparked discussions about the need for new voices in governance.

However, his outspoken nature has not been without consequences. Following a social media spat threatening to invade Kenya in 2022, Museveni advised his son to refrain from discussing state affairs online. Despite this, Museveni has defended Kainerugaba’s capabilities as a military leader, promoting him to the rank of general shortly after the incident.

Kainerugaba’s elevation has led to strained relationships within Uganda’s political landscape. Former allies of Museveni, such as his personal doctor Kizza Besigye, have faced repercussions for their opposition to Kainerugaba’s rise.

The situation has also prompted government critics, like author Kakwenza Rukirabashaija, to flee the country, citing torture and persecution for their dissenting views.

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