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Gen Muhoozi officially decorated a four-star Army General

Shortly after being decorated a four-star general, Muhoozi told people who had gathered that after formally handing over the CLF office, he will focus on interacting with the youths, who he emphasized they will now be his priority.

Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba was Monday, October 10, 2022 pipped by his wife Charlotte and uncle Gen Salim Saleh at Bombo Military Barracks (Photo/AbubakarLubowa)

BOMBO, UGANDA: The outgoing Commander of Land Forces General Muhoozi Kainerugaba has officially become a full General in the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF).

Gen Muhoozi was Monday, October 10th piped a four-star army general after he was last week promoted to the rank by his father and the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

The former Special Forces Commander received his fourth-star rank in presence of his wife Charlotte Nankunda and Gen Salim Saleh, the Senior Presidential Advisor on Defence Affairs in an event held at Bombo Military Barracks officiated by the Chief of Defence Forces, General Wilson Mbadi.

At the same event, Lt. Gen Kayanja Muhanga the newly appointed Commander of Land Forces (CLF)was also pipped by Gen. Saleh and his wife after he was also last week promoted from the rank of Maj General to Lt. Gen and appointed to replace Muhoozi.

Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba has been pipped to a four-star army General at the general army headquarters in Bombo. ? Abubaker Lubowa/NTV

Shortly after being decorated a four-star general, Muhoozi told people who had gathered that after formally handing over the CLF office, he will focus on interacting with the youths, who he emphasized they will now be his priority.

“Now that I’m no longer Commander Land Forces, I have some time to interact with the youths. That will be my priority,” Gen Muhoozi said.

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Now a Presidential Advisor on Special Operations, Muhoozi joined the army in 1999 and has since then been promoted to various ranks over the years with the climax being last week’s promotion in what many viewed as preparing him to replace his father as Uganda’s President.

Many scholars have also observed that between now and 2026, President Museveni who has ruled Uganda since 1986 will likely retire his son from the army after the latter expressing interest in the bid for presidency come 2026.

Muhoozi joined the UPDF at the rank of officer cadet and graduated in 2000 from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, the British Army’s officer training school.

He attended several other military schools including the South African National Defence College for the Executive National Security Program.

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He has led military operations in South Sudan, DRC and Somalia.

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