Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has appointed his son general Muhoozi Kainerugaba as the country’s army commander, a move that is likely to fuel speculation that the president is grooming his eldest child to succeed him.

Kainerugaba has been serving as a senior presidential adviser in charge of special operations after his father removed him as commander of the army’s land forces in 2022.

He was promoted to his new post, following a cabinet reshuffle that saw five ministers sacked, taking over from gen Wilson Mbadi who has been named as trade minister.

Museveni, who has been in power since 1986, has long been accused of grooming the 49-year-old general to succeed him and introduce what critics call monarchic ruling in Uganda.


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