Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba, Uganda’s first son and commander of the country’s land forces, says he will announce his political program “soon” in what some see as the strongest signal yet for the 2026 presidential election.
President Yoweri Museveni’s son, who also serves as the President’s adviser on special operations, celebrated his 48th birthday in pomp and splendor at an event on 24 four years ago, after a freeze in relations.
Although a lieutenant general Muhoozi has never openly stated his ambitions as president, some say he is preparing to succeed his father.
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“The fact that all those who used to abuse me on a daily basis are now forced to swallow your words from the people are great! ! Team MK will announce our political program soon,” Lt. Gen. Kainerugaba tweeted Monday, adding, “Team MK does not judge man or woman! We are only interested in making Uganda the best possible country!! And we will.”
He has also said that his birthday celebrations will continue until he “personally declares it over,” and urged all supporters to stay mobile. “No one should bother MK followers.”
The fact that all those who used to berate me daily now being forced to swallow your words by people is great!! Team MK will be announcing our political program soon. pic.twitter.com/UPzXA7i0lG
— Muhoozi Kainerugaba (@mkainerugaba) May 2, 2022
Events across Uganda celebrated his birthday celebration. Unlike other political gatherings of this type, its supporters were allowed to mobilize and hold large rallies.
Police have previously issued strict orders and guidelines for rallies and gatherings, with many opposition politicians eventually becoming state guests in jails for violations .
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Lt Gen Kainerugaba previously said he would support sporting activities in Uganda, saying, “If Team MK comes to power in this country, which we will do we act first Increase the sports budget.”
President Museveni has spoken out about whether his son will replace him as head of state. But during the birthday dinner he hosted at State House Entebbe last Sunday, he said Muhoozi was impatient with the corrupt and “will fight them,” in what some see as tacit support.
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