Ahead of the country’s presidential election, Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni reappointed his eldest son, Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba, as Commander of the Special Forces Headquarters.
The Command of the Special Force is a specialized command unit of the Uganda People’s Defense Force, which is responsible for the protection of the President of Uganda, his immediate family, the monarchs of the Constitution, and the critical national installations.
In 2008, Lt Gen Kainerugaba was first made Head of Special Forces, before being elevated in 2017 to become his father’s special presidential advisor. He now replaces Maj Gen Birungi, who has been SFC Commander since his appointment in June 2019.
General Kainerugaba had a meteoric rise through the ranks of the army with his father as president, having served in the US, Egypt and South Africa at the British Academy Sandhurst and other military programs.
He also serves as presidential advisor on special operations and after more than a decade, resumes his role as head of the command of special forces.
The change is part of a broader reshuffle within the security forces, according to the BBC.
The reshuffle comes less than a month before President Museveni’s next presidential election, which aims to stretch his reign to four decades.
Over the last few weeks, the Ugandan government has been criticized for threatening US sanctions against some senior security officials following the alleged murders of more than 50 people following the arrest of presidential candidate Bobi Wine.