Muhoozi Kainerugaba Quits Army
Muhoozi Kainerugaba, First Son and Commander of Uganda's Land Forces, has retired from the military according to his latest tweet. FILE PHOTO

First Son, Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba who is also the Commander of the Land Forces, announced his retirement from the Ugandan army.

Uganda’s first son, Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba, who is also the commander of the Land Forces, announced his retirement from the Ugandan Army.

“After 28 years of service in my glorious military, the greatest military in the world, I am happy to announce my retirement,” Lt Gen Muhoozi tweeted on Tuesday evening.

He expressed his satisfaction for what he has achieved in the years he has served as a leader in the Uganda People’s Defense Forces.

“Me and my soldiers have achieved so much! I have only love and respect for all those great men and women that achieve greatness for Uganda everyday,” he tweeted further.

Who is Muhoozi Kainerugaba?

Born on 24 April 1974 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba is the first son of Uganda’s current president, Yoweri Museveni.

He attended schools in Tanzania, Kenya and Sweden before returning to Uganda to attend schools including Kampala Parents School Kings College Buddo and St. Mary’s College Kisubi immediately after his father gained power.

Muhoozi held military training from 1994 after he left high school and later attended the University of Nottingham from 1996 till 1998.

It is after this that he joined the UPDF in 1999 before being admitted at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst where he graduated in 2000.

Muhoozi also took part in the Egyptian Military Academy for a company and battalion command course. 

He also attended the Kalama Armoured Warfare Training School, in Kabamba, Mubende District and 2007 he joined the United States Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and graduated in 2008.

In 2011, he was promoted to Colonel. A year later, he enrolled at the South African National Defence College for the Executive National Security Program. 

In August 2012, his rank was advanced to Brigadier General and also appointed Commander Special Forces Command. 

The retired General was one of the senior commanders deployed in South Sudan after fights broke out between rival factions of the SPLA. 

In 2016 after NRM’s victory in the presidential elections, he was promoted to the rank of Major General. 

A year later, Muhoozi was also appointed Senior Presidential Advisor on Special Duties, a position he held until December 2020.

In 2019, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General, a position he has been holding before his abrupt retirement.