By Our Reporter
First Son and Commander of the Land Forces, Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba has announced his retirement from the army.
Through his official Twitter handle, Muhoozi has this afternoon said;
“After 28 years of service in my glorious military, the greatest military in the world, I am happy to announce my retirement.
“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 every day.”
Who is Gen Muhoozi?
Born on April 24, 1974, in Dar Salaam Tanzania, Muhoozi is the first son of President Yoweri Museveni and Janet Museveni, the Minister of Education and Sports.
As a child, Muhoozi attended schools in Tanzania, Mount Kenya Academy in Nyeri, Kenya, and Sweden. After his father became President, he attended Kampala Parents School, King’s College Budo for a while, and St. Mary’s College Kisubi.
He was later admitted to Egyptian Military Academy where he took both the company and battalion commanders courses. Upon his return to Uganda from Sandhurst in 2000, Muhoozi was assigned to the Presidential Protection Unit as a second lieutenant. In 2001, he was promoted to the rank of major in the army.
As a major, he became a brigade commander in the Presidential Guard Brigade.
He also attended the Kalama Armoured Warfare Training School, in Kabamba, Mubende District. In 2007 he was admitted to a one-year course at the United States Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, graduating in June 2008. Following that, he successfully completed the Executive National Security Programme at the South African National Defence College.
Following his graduation from Fort Leavenworth in 2008, he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel and appointed Commander of the Special Forces Group in UPDF. On 16 May 2016 he was promoted to the rank of major general by the President.
Museveni moved Muhoozi to the post of Senior Presidential Adviser for Special Operations on 10 January 2017.
The General is married to Charlotte Nankunda Kutesa and the couple has three children together.