Lt. Gen Muhoozi announces his retirement from the army, what is his next move

Date: 2022-03-08

By Kabuye Ronald              

The Commander of the Land Forces in the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba has announced his retirement from the Ugandan Forces.

Gen. Muhoozi who is also the first son made the revelation via his official twitter handle.

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.”

However, his intent to retire remains a subject of the army's approval under the UPDF Act, 2005. 

Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba has on several occasions been rumoured to habour presidential ambitions but he has not come out to admit it.

Who is Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba

Gen Muhoozi was born on 24 April 1974 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania to Museveni who has been President since 1986.
As a child, Gen Muhoozi attended schools in Tanzania, Kenya and Sweden when his father became President of Uganda, he returned to attend schools including Kampala Parents School Kings College Buddo and St. Mary’s College Kisubi

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

Muhoozi formally joined the UPDF 1999 before being admitted at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst where he graduated in 2000.

He also joined the Egyptian Military Academyfor company and battalion command course.

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

Muhoozi Kainerugaba was promoted to the rank of Major General in May 2016 shortly after the presidential elections.

In 2019, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General which meant that in a space of 20 years, Muhoozi has risen from the rank of sergeant to Lt General, an unprecedented feat in Uganda’s military history.

He has held various position in the army including being the commander of the elite force, special forces commander SFC, presidential advisor, a position he still serves in alongside being the commander of the land forces.

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