Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has promoted senior and junior army officers including his son Muhoozi Kainerugaba.
According to a May 16, 2016 statement, Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) under General Museveni as the Commander in Chief promoted Muhoozi from the rank of brigadier to Major General.
Major General Muhoozi is the commander of the elite Special Force Command (SFC) which provides security to the president, members of the first family and other sensitive installations in the country.
Other officers promoted include Major General Joram Mugume to Lieutenant General, Colonel Charles Lutaaya to Brigadier, Colonel Stephen Muzeyi Sabiti to Brigadier, Col James B Mugabe to brigadier.
The promotions come four days after Mr Museveni was sworn in as Uganda’s president for the next five years following his victory in the highly contested February 18 elections.
Who is GenMuhoozi
Gen Muhoozi was born on 24 April 1974 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania to Mr Museveni who has been President since 1986.
As a child, Gen Muhoozi attended schools in Tanzania, Kenya and Sweden. After his father became President of Uganda, he attended schools like Kampala Parents School Kings College Buddo for a while and St. Mary's College Kisubi. He graduated in 1994.
He started military training in 1994 after he left high school. He then attended the University of Nottingham from 1996 till 1998. But he did not formally join the UPDF until 1999. That year, he was married and soon after, was admitted to the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, graduating in 2000. He was later admitted to Egyptian Military Academy where he took both the company and battalion commanders courses. He has also attended the Kalama Armoured Warfare Training School, in Kabamba, Mubende District, Central Uganda.
In 2007, Gen Muhoozi was admitted to a one-year course at the United States Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, graduating in June 2008. Following that, he successfully completed the Executive National Security Programme at the South African National Defence College.