Many political oponents of President Yoweri Museveni see the appointment of his son as his senior adviser, as part of a plan to groom him to take over the top job.
The president’s son, Major General Muhoozi Kainerugaba, was moved from his position at the head of the army’s special forces, the military said, in what it called a normal change in command.
However, Museveni’s political rivals don’t see it that way. They have accused the president of handing powerful positions to members of his family and adopting an increasingly autocratic style s a sign of making his family get into power after him- charges his supporters dismiss.
Looking at the recent appointments, His brother, Salim Saleh, is presidential adviser and his wife, Janet Museveni, is minister of education.
“Muhoozi … is going to play a significant role in a post-Museveni Uganda, there’s no doubt about it,” said political commentator and rights activist Nicholas Opiyo.
“He is just giving the boy a hand in experiencing how government works on the side of politics.”
Human rights lawyer and political commentator Andrew Karamagi described the appointment as a “real clear move to bring the man closer to succession”.
Kainerugaba has risen quickly through the ranks since he joined the army in 1998. He jumped two positions from 2nd Lieutenant to Major in 2001.
Military spokesman Paddy Ankunda said Kainerugaba had been appointed Senior Presidential Adviser for Special Operations. Asked whether it was a move to boost Kainerugaba’s political credentials, he told Reuters: “No, this is just a normal change in command.”