Succession debate gains momentum as ‘loyalists’ rally support for First Son Lt Gen Kainerugaba

First Son Lt. Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba (PHOTO /Courtesy)

KAMPALA — Uganda’s long-serving President Yoweri Museveni recently appointed his son Lt Gen Kainerugaba to superintend over all divisions and independent units of the military structure such as military police— fanning speculation he was grooming him for succession.

The appointment strategically placed Gen. Kainerugaba at the vantage point of running the army outside the elite SFC unit and the ability to use his experience to dovetail both roles.

Gen. Kainerugaba has served as the head of Special Forces Command —SFC — and senior presidential advisor on special operations.

Succession talk

A recent 34-page report released by Belgium-based NGO International Crisis Group (ICG), titled “Uganda’s Slow Slide into Crisis warned that if this succession question is not addressed, Uganda could find itself in crisis.

At the time the report was released, former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe had been forced to resign by ZANU-PF, ending his 37-year reign. In some quarters in Uganda’s NRM, as was the case in Zimbabwe’s ZANU-PF, questioning the president’s succession plan is treated as treason.

Fuelling these concerns, the report says, “is the lack of an obvious successor. The president has not groomed an heir — at least not openly. Nor does his family, which likely will seek to control succession politics, appear to be united. Many see Museveni’s son, Muhoozi Kainerugaba, and wife Janet, as the most likely contenders.”

According to a source close to the family, some of the members of the president’s household are of the view that Museveni has sacrificed enough for Uganda and should therefore call time on his reign.

Besides wishing to see Museveni spend more time with his grandchildren, these family members also harbour a fear that clinging onto the presidency beyond 2026 comes with the risk of a possible violent end that would destabilize family and country.

Friends of Gen Kainerugaba group

A popular group of youth on WhatsApp and Twitter dubbed ‘Friends of Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba’ is helping whip up the presidential ambition of the First Son, who is yet to express interest in replacing his father Gen. Museveni as president of Uganda.

The general’s loyalists, chaired by Julius Lyvine have launched an aggressive social media campaign for a 2026 presidential bid for Muhoozi hardly six months into President Museveni’s new term.

Mr Lyvine Julius, the chairman of the Friends of Gen Muhoozi (PHOTO /Courtesy).

After eight quiet years, the campaign and campaigners for the Muhoozi project are finally striding out of the closet since the former coordinator of Intelligence Services General David Sejusa kicked up a national storm in April 2013 when he claimed that there was a plot to assassinate senior government officials opposed to the Muhoozi presidency.

Museveni dismisses Muhoozi Project

In an interview with France 24, Gen. Museveni denied grooming his son to succeed him.

Museveni said Ugandans will choose whoever they want to be president.

Despite the downplay by President Museveni, the Muhoozi project seems to be taking shape eight years down the road since the Sejusa missive appeared in the media.

Five years ago, Muhoozi dismissed the alleged Muhoozi project saying he was comfortable serving in the military. “…I do not have the intentions to be president. I am very happy serving the military and it is where I intend to stay for some time…”

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