Museveni promotes his son Muhoozi to General, dropped as the Commander of Land forces

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President Yoweri Museveni has promoted his son Muhoozi Kainerugaba from the rank of Lieutenant General to General.

He has however been dropped as the Commander of Land forces.

Maj Gen Kayanja Muhanga, the current commander of Operation Shujaa in the Democratic Republic of Congo, has been promoted to Lieutenant General and named new UPDF Commander of Land Forces.

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Museveni endorsed for 2026

Meanwhile, last week, Vice President Maj Jessica Alupo, Interior Minister Maj Gen Kahinda Otafiire, and Defence Minister Vincent Sempijja are among the leaders that signed a letter of support for President Yoweri Museveni’s re-election bid in 2026.

On Saturday, the ministers attended the belated Mitooma District Youth Day celebrations at Bubangizi secondary school playground, which were held under the theme “Unleashing the Potential and Role of Youth in Nation Development.”

Museveni, 78, has ruled since 1986. In 2026, he will be 82 years old. In perhaps the clearest indication that Museveni will run again in 2026, Justice Minister Norbert Mao told youths in Mitooma that the president assigned him the task of organizing a consensus for transition in Uganda starting 2031.
According to Mao, the transition will be in three phases; consensus, endorsement and implementation of what will be agreed upon.
This comes at a time when Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba’s has been already rallying young people across the country to back him in 2026 to replace his father in 2026.

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