Muhoozi Kainerugaba

Muhoozi Kainerugaba (born 24 April 1974[1]) is a Ugandan military officer. He is a Lieutenant General in the Uganda People's Defence Force (UPDF) and is the commander of the Special Forces Group, which contains the unit known as Presidential Guard Brigade responsible for providing security to the President of Uganda and to Uganda's constitutional monarchs,[2] having been appointed[3] on 16th December 2020 by H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. Lt. Gen. Muhoozi served in the same position from 2008 to 2017.[4] The Special Forces Group is also responsible for providing security at Uganda's oil installations.[5] He is the son of President Yoweri Museveni, Commander in Chief of the UPDF and president of Uganda .[6] Muhoozi has served as Senior Presidential Adviser for Special Operations since 2017.[7]


Kainerugaba was born on 24 April 1974 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania to Yoweri Museveni, who has been President of Uganda since 1986, he lost his mother during birth and was raised by Janet Museveni, the Minister of Education and Sports since 6 June 2016.[8] Muhoozi Kainerugaba is their first-born.

He is married to Charlotte Nankunda Kutesa, and together they have 3 children.


As a child, Kainerugaba attended schools in Tanzania, Mount Kenya Academy in Nyeri Kenya and Sweden. After his father became President of Uganda, he attended Kampala Parents School, King's College Budo for a while and St. Mary's College Kisubi, a residential middle and high school, located approximately halfway between Kampala and Entebbe. He graduated in 1994.[9]

He was later admitted to Egyptian Military Academy where he took both the company and battalion commanders courses. He also has attended the Kalama Armoured Warfare Training School, in Kabamba, Mubende District, Central Uganda.[10] 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.[11] Following that, he successfully completed the Executive National Security Programme at the South African National Defence College.[12]

Military career

Upon his return to Uganda from Sandhurst in 2000, Kainerugaba was assigned to the Presidential Protection Unit as a second lieutenant. In 2001, he was promoted to the rank of major in the UPDF.[13] As a major, he became a brigade commander in the Presidential Guard Brigade. 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 the Uganda People's Defence Force. On 16 May 2016 he was promoted to the rank of major general by President Museveni.[14]

Museveni moved Muhoozi to the post of Senior Presidential Adviser for Special Operations on 10 January 2017. The move was generally viewed in light of the widespread belief that Museveni was preparing his son to eventually succeed him as president. Observers suggested that, by appointing Muhoozi as a presidential adviser, Museveni sought to give his son some political experience.[7]

In February 2019, he was promoted from the rank of Major General to Lieutenant General, in a military promotions exercise that involved more than 2,000 UPDF men and women.[15]

See also


  1. ^ Butagira, Tabu (22 May 2010). "Janet Museveni Opens Up On Love, Family And Politics". The Monitor. Retrieved 20 October 2010. President Museveni writes in his autobiography: "... Janet and I were married in August 1973 and our first child,Muhoozi [Kainerugaba], was born on April 24, 1974..."
  2. ^ Monitor Reporter (16 May 2016). "Museveni promotes Muhoozi to rank of Major General". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 16 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Museveni replaces Gen Sabiiti, Gen Muhoozi returns to SFC". Daily Monitor. Retrieved 2020-12-17.
  4. ^ "Museveni reappoints First Son Muhoozi SFC Commander, Gen Loketch named New Deputy IGP". Watchdog Uganda. 2020-12-16. Retrieved 2020-12-17.
  5. ^ Matsiko, Grace (9 August 2008). "Uganda: Muhoozi's Special Forces to Protect National Assets". All Africa.
  6. ^ "Ugandan police raid newspaper over Museveni succession letter". Reuters. 20 May 2013.
  7. ^ a b Biryabarema, Elias (10 January 2017). "Ugandan leader makes son his adviser, critics see succession plan". Reuters Africa. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
  8. ^ Uganda State House (6 June 2016). "Museveni's new cabinet list At 6 June 2016" (PDF). Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 29 October 2016.
  9. ^ Ladu, Ismail Musa (27 September 2010). "Muhoozi: Why I joined the army". Daily Monitor. Retrieved 20 October 2010.
  10. ^ Kato, Joshua (21 April 2006). "mzee always sends me to the most dangerous – Major Muhoozi". The New Vision. Archived from the original on 23 April 2006. Retrieved 20 October 2010.
  11. ^ "Leavenworth County Gets International VIP". The Mirror. 13 June 2008. Retrieved 20 October 2010.
  12. ^ "Some Facts On Recently Promoted Army Officers". New Vision. 29 August 2012. Retrieved 8 March 2012.
  13. ^ Kalinaki, Daniel. "Gaddafi Visits Uganda". AU Monitor. Archived from the original on 25 March 2008. Retrieved 20 October 2010.
  14. ^ Gaffey, Conor (17 May 2016). "Uganda: Museveni Promotes Son To Major-General In Army". New York City: Newsweek. Retrieved 30 October 2016.
  15. ^ Monitor Reporter (8 February 2019). "Museveni promotes over 2,000 UPDF Officers". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 8 February 2019.

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