I Have No Presidential Ambitions - Muhoozi Top story

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Muhoozi, who is among 727 promoted on May 12, also describes as non-existent a succession plan hitherto referred to as the Muhoozi- Project.

Major General Muhoozi Kainerugaba, son to President Yoweri Museveni dismisses as baseless, reports that he is being groomed to succeed his father in the presidency.

Muhoozi, who is among 727 promoted on May 12, also describes as non-existent a succession plan hitherto referred to as the Muhoozi- Project.

The reported project was the basis of a 2013 dossier by the former Coordinator of Intelligence Services Gen David Sejusa. In the dossier, Sejusa hinted on a grand plan to have Muhoozi, the commanding officer of the Special Forces Command, replace his father as President.

But Muhoozi who was addressing journalists at the Ministry of Defence headquarters in Mbuya, Kampala this afternoon said he was happy in the military and has no ambitions to assume the presidency. He added that he would go through the right procedure if he ever wanted to rule Uganda.

"I am very happy in the military and in case I wanted to join politics, I know the procedures to go through," he added.
 
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Muhoozi also expresses excitement with his latest promotion to the rank of Major General and downplays concerns that his promotions were fast-tracked. 

"I am sure the promotion was done on merit by the promotions board," Muhoozi added.

He adds that he will concentrate on developing his career in the army as he is a dedicated officer.

 

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