Reports that President Museveni is grooming his son, Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba, who is also the commander of the UPDF’s Land Forces, to succeed him have been rebuffed as incorrect.
“They aren’t taking themselves seriously. What is the point of grooming my son? “The people of Uganda are there, and they will choose whom they want,” Museveni remarked in response to a question from France 24 regarding claims that his son is being groomed for the presidency.
Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba has been the focus of public debate for many years, with rumors that he is being groomed to succeed his father, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, under the “Muhoozi Project.”
The project was brought to public attention in 2013 when the then-coordinator of intelligence services, Gen David Sejusa, discussed it in a message that was later leaked to the media.
“It doesn’t exist,” Gen Muhoozi said in 2016, distancing himself from the charges. It does not exist. I have no desire to become president. I’m quite satisfied in the military, and I hope to stay there.”
Museveni reiterated in an exclusive interview with France 24 earlier this week that those who claim he is preparing his son for the presidency are joking.
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Museveni discussed his competitor in the just-concluded January 14 votes, Robert Kyagulanyi, commonly known as Bobi Wine, whom he claims is backed by foreign players, in the interview.
“They began as an inside group to address internal issues, but they were later recruited by other actors, which is how his (Bobi Wine) campaign failed. He was vanquished in this manner. Despite cheating, he was defeated,” Museveni stated.
Museveni brushed off the question of whether he is terrified of Bobi Wine’s challenge.
I’m not scared in the least.”