Just days after Yoweri Museveni was sworn in for his sixth term as Uganda President, a section of citizens have identified his possible successor.
Museveni, 76, has been ruling the East African nation since 1986 when he took over power as a rebel leader and is expected to retire in 2026.
Some Ugandans are now proposing his 47-year-old son, Lt. General Muhoozi Kainerugaba, to replace the veteran leader when his term expires.
They endorsed Muhoozi while commenting on a post on his official Twitter account in which he reported he met some members of the Russian military.
He is the commander of the Special Forces Command (SFC) in the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF), and also acts as Museveni’s adviser for Special Operations.
“Yesterday, it was my pleasure to meet different members of the Russian defence industry who had come to attend the swearing in ceremony of President Kaguta Museveni. I thank them for their visit,” Muhoozi tweeted on Saturday.
Many who commented on the post added phrases: “my next president 2026” or “my next Commander in Chief(CiC)”, an indication they were eager to see him succeed his father.
“That is why we love you so much, you are a pillar in our country’s development and diplomatic ties. May God bless you always #MK2026 is the deal to the promised land, Gen @KagutaMuseveni has already made a great foundation to the promised land, you will deliver us there,” said Nuwamanya Isaac Niyi.
“The Russians have been a formidable and dependable alies and we are glad to see them with a good relationship with our next CIC,” added another tweep.
Speaking to Al-jazeera in 2013, Museveni denied claims he was planning to install his son as president, saying it is only Muhoozi and the people of Uganda who can decide.
Following his promotion to Major General in 2016, Muhoozi said he was not interested in politics saying his call was to serve in the military.
‘‘I don’t have the ambition to be president. I am very happy being in the military and that is where I intend to stay for some time,’‘ he said.
During bloody January polls, Museveni faced fierce competition from musician-turned-politician Bobi Wine, who emerged second but refused to concede defeat claiming the election was manipulated.
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