MBUYA | President Museveni has appointed his Muhoozi Kainerugaba to the rank of Lieutenant-General, making him one of the youngest military officers to attain the three-star insignia on his shoulders.
Muhoozi, 44, has been at the rank of a Major-General since May 16, 2016, when the fast-rising military officer and first son was promoted from the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel.
Gen Muhoozi is a graduate of Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst, England, where he graduated in 2000 and started his active service at the rank of Second Lieutenant in the then Presidential Protection Unit.
A year later, he was promoted to the rank of a Major and climbed the command of the presidential guard detail. For nearly seven years, he served at the same rank.
The graduate of Egyptian Military Academy was in 2007 admitted to a one-year course at the US Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, graduating in June 2008 to start his meteoric rise in the army with a promotion to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and appointment to the command of the Special Forces Group.
The latest promotion comes exactly two years after Muhoozi was dropped from heading the Special Forces Command, the elite unit of soldiers tasked with the security of the president and his immediate family.
Gen Muhoozi has been serving as a special advisor to the president. He is now just a rank short of his father’s full general status.
The promotion comes along with those of 2030 others officers announced in a February 8 radio message from the Defense Ministry Headquarters to all units of the army.
Defence and Military spokesperson Richard Karemire said in a statement that President and Commander in Chief of the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces, Gen Yoweri Museveni, has confirmed the promotions of 2,031 UPDF personnel to various ranks.
Without delving into specifics, Brig Karemire said the promotions were based on several factors, including the need to align with establishment appointments that saw 100 officers elevated in ranks, retirement of 97 officers, and “reckonable” record of service for which 130 officers benefited.
“Other officers have been promoted upon successfully completing Grade II staff course and there are those promoted on recommendation by formations/units,” Brig Karemire said.
He said 375 officers were promoted after passing promotional examinations, and the fewest numbers (27) completed probation and got their reward in form of promotion, while 171 were elevated from other ranks to officer level.