Gen Muhoozi Joins President Museveni on Russia Trip

President Yoweri MUseveni (L), Gen Muhoozi (R) in Russia on Wednesday

KAMPALA, UGANDA: The First son and Senior Presidential Advisor for Special Operations, Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba is currently in Russia accompanying President Museveni in the second Russia-Africa Summit.

Photos of Gen. Muhoozi seated in the same room with his 78-year-old father in St. Petersburg, Russia went viral on Wednesday evening following a tweet on President Museveni’s official Twitter account.

“I am glad to be in St. Petersburg, Russia, and looking forward to having fruitful engagements at the Russia-Africa summit, especially in areas of cooperation that are beneficial for both Russia and Africa,” Mr Museveni tweeted on Wednesday.

State House said Wednesday that President Museveni arrived safely at Pulkovo International Airport in the city of Saint Petersburg and was received by the Russian Federation Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Bogdan Mikhail Lleonidovich and many other senior government officials from the Russian Federation.

The Russia-Africa summit will be attended by heads of states and governments from Africa as well as representatives of the vast majority of the African countries and the majority of the socio-economic and political players on the continent.

During his stay in Russia, Mr Museveni will hold bilateral discussions with his counterpart President Vladimir Putin on matters of mutual interest between Uganda and the Russian Federation.

The President was accompanied to Russia by a high-powered delegation that included ministers, members of parliament as well as several senior government officials.

Uganda hosts a representative office of Rostec, Russia’s state corporation, that also projects Rosoboronexport’s interests in the country.

Russia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Sergey Lavrov recently said his country had plans to make Uganda a regional hub for the development, upgrading, and maintenance of Russian military equipment and technology.

Lavrov said both countries would deepen cooperation in areas such as developing satellites, remote sensing, and land and space infrastructure for military and civilian purposes.

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