KAMPALA – The former presidential candidate Bobi Wine real name Robert Kyagulanyi has lashed at President Yoweri Museveni for appointing his son, Lieutenant General Muhoozi Kainerugaba, the next Command, Land Forces.
In the new military leadership announced on Thursday, Museveni changed son from Presidential Guard Unit – Special Force Command (SFC) which he was heading to Command the Land Forces docket of Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF).
He replaces Lt. Gen. Peter Elwelu who was appointed to deputize Chief of Defence Forces (CDF), Gen. Wilson Mbasu Mbadi.
Taking to his social media platforms, the National Unity Platform (NUP) President said that Muhoozi’s appointment is consistent with reports that he is being groomed to seize power once Museveni’s reign ends, “similar to what dictators elsewhere on the African continent including Gaddafi-era Libya, Equatorial Guinea, Chad and Bashir-era Sudan attempted to do but with little success.”
“You may recall how Muhoozi promised to “beat very badly” his father’s opponents in the 2021 elections,” he added to say.
As commander of SFC, Bobi Wine says, “Muhoozi has been supervising the massive abduction, torture and murder of supporters of the National Unity Platform, many of whom have since passed on. Gen. Museveni recently admitted that SFC under his son were behind these gruesome crimes.”
“Similarly, the appointment of Elwelu portends an even worse phase of terror against the political opposition, led by the military who are increasingly playing an oversized role in the suppression political dissent in Uganda. Elwelu struck infamy when he commanded the 2016 massacre of hundreds of people (including women and children) in Kasese who were opposed to Gen. Museveni’s rule. He is being rewarded for a job well done, but also to strike further fear into those who oppose his master.”
In 2017 Kainerugaba was appointed Presidential Adviser, fueling speculations he was being prepared for the presidency.
He was reappointed as the Command SFC in December 2020, a position he had served in from 2008 to 2017.
Kainerugaba was born on 24 April 1974 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania to Yoweri Museveni, who has been President of Uganda since 1986, and Janet Museveni, the Minister of Education and Sports since 6 June 2016.
As a child, Kainerugaba attended schools in Tanzania, Mount Kenya Academy in Nyeri Kenya and Sweden. After his father became President he attended Kampala Parents School, King’s College Budo for a while and St. Mary’s College Kisubi, a residential middle and high school, located approximately halfway between Kampala and Entebbe. He graduated in 1994.
He was later admitted to Egyptian Military Academy where he took both the company and battalion commanders courses.
He also attended the Kalama Armoured Warfare Training School, in Kabamba, Mubende District, Central Uganda.
In 2007, he 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.
In 1994, Kainerugaba initiated cadre development courses for numerous youth, especially at the university.
In 1995, together with others, he started encouraging young people to join the security services and serve their nation.