The presidential elections in Uganda are scheduled for 2021 and the campaigns have hit full stride. As is the norm in the nation, Museveni is once again vying to extend his 35-year rule. This comes after he pushed amendments to the law barring anyone over the age of 75 from vying for President.
Yoweri Museveni rose to power in 1986 after his National Resistance Army led a rebellion unseated the government of General Tito Okello in January of that year. With the United Nations describing the youth as anyone between the ages of 18-35, it can thus be stated that no Uganda youth has had any other president other than Museveni.
Cognizant of his mortality, Museveni is preparing Uganda for a life without him. But like most dictators, he is after keeping power in his family. In 2016, Museveni appointed his wife Janet as the minister for education and sports, a docket she holds to date. But according to political analysts, his preferred successor is his only son.
Muhoozi Kainerugaba was born in 1974 in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. He attended the best schools in the region starting off in Tanzania before moving to Mount Kenya Academy in Nyeri. When his father became president, he moved to schools in Uganda.
Kainerugaba has received the best military training across the globe. He has trained at the Egyptian Military Academy, United States Army Command and General Staff College in Kansas. He has also received training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in the United Kingdom.
Muhoozi Kainerugaba was in charge of his father’s security as a brigade commander of the Presidential Guard Brigade. He has swiftly risen up the ranks of the army and in 2019, he was promoted to Lieutenant General.
He now works as the Senior Presidential Advisor For Special Operations which has been viewed as political training for the army man.
He is widely expected to succeed his father as president in a move that has been done before in several African countries including Gabon.