diagnosis http://chesapeakecatsanddogs.org/wp-admin/includes/deprecated.php geneva; font-size: small;”>A military general in UPDF has told Chimpreports.com that the move is geared towards strengthening the security capabilities of Uganda and consolidating Muhoozi’s presidency in the near future.
“Muhoozi is creating a force of 10,000 men. They will receive specialized training by Israel and Unites States trainers in Otuke district in extraordinary missions including direct action operations, unconventional warfare, special reconnaissance and counter terrorism to ensure Museveni’s vision of transforming the country into a middle income country is not disrupted,” said the source.
Having ruled Uganda since 1986 and fought in several hectic wars since the early 1970s, Museveni has reportedly been convinced by advisers and top doctors not to jeopardize his health by seeking another term in office after 2016.
He is now looking at transferring power from the old crop of generals into the hands of a young, popular and dynamic army officer before 2016.
The General, who talked to this news website on condition of anonymity given the sensitivity of the information, did not tell us whom Museveni had endorsed as a young army officer to succeed him but noted all signs point at Muhoozi.
He named three officers whom Museveni has been secretly grooming to take on the mantle of ruling Uganda when he retires to Rwakitura.
They are Keinerugaba Muhoozi (Special Forces Commander), Brig. James Mugira (former Military Intelligence boss and now Managing Director of Luweero Industries -UPDF) and Lt. Gen. Kale Kayihura (Police boss).
The three generals were agreed upon by Museveni and his security advisor Gen. Salim Saleh, according to the impeccable source.
They will soon be promoted and retired before joining active politics.
While most analysts claim Museveni is yet to groom his successor, the general told us that the President has been carefully monitoring the three young officers’ performances in different tasks.
Sources said Museveni is keeping quiet about the succession debate but would endorse his choice just a few months towards the election season to avoid putting him in the line of fire by the opposition at an early stage.
The General further said Museveni believes that for one to be President one does not need to start campaigning four years towards the Presidential race but having the ability to convince the electorate that he is capable of controlling the army and winning its support.
Initially, the succession race included politicians and other Presidential loyalists but the queue has now been narrowed down to only three top army officers.
Museveni and Saleh believe the government should be placed into the hands of young officers who relate well with the new generation to avoid the Arab Spring from rolling down to Uganda.
Intelligence reports show that following the September 2009 Kayunga riots, Uganda military carried out a huge investigation to diagnose the disease that forced youth to stage the fiercest resistance against heavily-armed troops deployed in Kampala for almost a week.
It was then discovered that the youth wanted to see change of leadership, from the old crop to an administration of young officials who would represent their interests.
Now, with a wave of protests threatening to sweep Uganda, Museveni is playing his cards well.
And in a bid to resist any force that might intend to remove the post-2016 leadership from power, Museveni is looking at building an extremely large force of commandos under Muhoozi.
Muhoozi returned from South Africa in June after a strategic Course in South Africa.
The training ground will be based in Atira sub county, Otuke district and will sit on 300 acres.
How Is The Special Forces Force Built?
According to research, like all soldiers, Special Forces candidates will begin their career with nine weeks of Boot Camp. Upon completion of Basic Combat Training they will attend Advanced Individual Training (AIT) at the Infantry School to learn to use small arms, anti-armor, and weapons like howitzers and heavy mortars.
This AIT lasts four weeks.
After graduating AIT the training continue with five courses which are Army Airborne, Special Operations Preparation Course (SOPC), Special Forces Assessment and Selection (SFAS), Special Forces Qualification Course (SFQC) and Live Environment Training (LET).
Airborne School is a unique experience requiring special dedication and a desire to be challenged mentally and physically.
This three-week course, also known as Basic Airborne Training, teaches one the techniques involved in parachuting from airplanes and landing safely. The final test includes a non-assisted jump, mastering the mass exit procedures from the 34-foot tower, and passing all physical training requirements. C
Candidates must also successfully complete five jumps at 1,250 feet from a C-130 or C-141 aircraft before being granted an additional skill identifier and authority to wear the coveted “Silver Wing” one one’s uniform.
The course also involves special test of intelligence, agility and resourcefulness, Warrior Skills, Small Unit Tactics, SF Tactics, Survival Skills and Language and Cultural Training.
The most crucial part of this course is collective Training where candidates hone Special Forces skills in a realistic Unconventional Warfare (UW) practical exercise. This phase takes about 4 weeks and includes extremely realistic Survival, Escape, Resistance, Evasion and combat survival tactics.