Muhoozi Kainerugaba Explains Rapid Army Promotions

Maj Gen Muhoozi being decorated by his wife and Gen Katumba Wamala in the most recent promotions

Presidential Adviser on Special Operations Maj. Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba has spoken out for the first time about accusations of his fast rise in the UPDF ranks, online stressing that all his promotions have been merited.

Muhoozi, find in an interview with the National Broadcaster, sick Uganda Broadcasting Services (UBC)’s veteran journalist Tony Owana, attributed his rapid growth to his extensive training and experience.

The former Commander of the elite unit the Special Forces Command has been accosted numerously by critiques for shooting through the army ranks, like no other army officer.

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Rising to the rank of Major General, having only joined the army in 1999, theories have been put forward, that Gen Muhoozi is being favoured by his father, the Commander in Chief.

His most recent redeployment as Presidential Adviser was deemed by analysts locally and internationally as the part of the final preparations for Muhoozi to take over from his father Yoweri as President of Uganda.

In the UBC interview which aired Saturday night, the journalist Tony Owana said this was being described by some as military “affirmative action” for the First Son.

In response however, Muhoozi explained that he was able to rise in ranks because he managed to get the right trainings.

“In the military, the important issue is the course,” he said; “because courses prepare you for the next level of command.

“Provided you have done the prerequisite courses, you are in good standing for the next level of command and the next level of command comes with a rank.”

Muhoozi further elucidated, “You cannot command a Brigade as a Captain. There is no way.”

Gen Muhoozi, now aged 42, started his military training in 1994 shortly after high school. He has been to numerous army training institutions including the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, the Egyptian Military Academy, the Kalama Armoured Warfare Training School, in Kabamba, the United States Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and the South African National Defence among others.


Secondly, Muhoozi explained that his rapid growth has been helped by his extensive experience he obtained from the operations he commanded and was physically involved in.

“All units that I have commanded, I have been in operations; not only me but also others categorised in that group who have the requisite experience,” he said.


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