Colonel Muhoozi Kainerugaba, President Yoweri Museveni’s son, is among senior army officers who have been promoted to higher ranks in a military shake-up announced by President Yoweri Museveni on Monday. Muhoozi has been promoted to Brigadier and appointed commander of the now expanded Special Forces Command—SFC.
Muhoozi has been promoted to Brigadier and appointed commander of the now expanded Special Forces Command—SFC. The elite army brigade which is in charge of protecting the president, has been expanding over the years from a protection unit to a Special Forces Group and now a Command.
Brigadier Muhoozi is to be deputised at the SFC by Sabiiti Muzeeyi, who has also been elevated from Lieutenant Colonel to Colonel. The SFC is now made of two groups; one in charge of protecting VIPs and another for combat operations.
Major General Fred Mugisha formerly in charge of African Peace Keeping Mission (AMISOM) in Somalia is the new Joint Chief of Staff, a position left by Major General Robert Rusoke, the newly appointed Uganda’s Ambassador to Juba, South Sudan. Brigadier Charles Angina, former General Court Martial Chairperson, has been promoted to Major General and appointed Chief of Staff Land Forces.
Muhoozi, who officially joined the army in 1999, has attended a number of military academies including Sandhurst Royal Military College where he was commissioned as Second Lieutenant in 2000. He was promoted to Major the following year by the late Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi.
He was later admitted to Egyptian Military Academy where he took both the company and battalion commanders’ courses.
In 2007 he was admitted to a one-year course at the at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas ,United States, an Army Command and General Staff College from where graduating in June 2008. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and appointed commander of the Special Forces Group (SFG).
This year, Brigadier Muhoozi completed a 22 week ‘Executive National Security Course at the South African National Defence College (SANDC) usually undertaken by senior army officers from the rank of colonel and above.
Some of the senior army officers in Uganda who have received similar training at the same college are Brigadier Paul Lokech, the commander of Uganda’s contingent in Somalia, and Colonel Apollo Kasita Gowa, the commandant of Senior Command and Staff College Kimaka.
There have been comments about his promotion with some commentators saying he is being groomed to take over from his father as president. In July, while appearing for a local radio programme, Desert Island Discs on Capital FM, Muhoozi described the talk as rubbish but said he could not rule out the possibility of becoming president.
Uganda People's Defense Forces Spokesperson Col Felix Kulayigye could not be reached for a comment as his known phone numbers were unavailable.