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Museveni's Son Vows to Fight 'Evils of Corruption' After Appointment as Chief of Uganda's Military

© Photo Uganda Peoples' Defense ForcesMuhoozi Kainerugaba being appointed as the top commander of the Ugandan military.
Muhoozi Kainerugaba being appointed as the top commander of the Ugandan military. - Sputnik Africa, 1920, 30.03.2024
Last week, Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni appointed his son Muhoozi Kainerugaba as the chief of the defense forces. He has taken over from Wilson Mbasu Mbadi, who was appointed minister of state for trade.
Following his appointment as the top commander of the military, Muhoozi Kainerugaba made a commitment to combat corruption inside the armed forces, according to a statement released by the Uganda Peoples' Defense Forces (UPDF).

"Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba [...] vowed to improve the welfare of soldiers by fighting the evils of corruption and mismanagement of resources. [...] Having the best equipment, the best uniforms, the best education, the best welfare, and the best accommodation, among others, can only be achieved by fighting corruption and mismanagement of resources," the statement reads.

The new chief also vowed to maintain the UPDF as a "professional, moral, and tackle comprehensive national security."
Kainerugaba now has to deal with various challenges, including fighting ADF terrorists, cattle rustling in the Karamoja sub-region in the northeast of the country and cyberterrorism, according to the statement.
He also promised to continue the work on "the non-military aspects of security, such as environmental, cyber, and political security."
Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba, son of Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni, attends a Thanksgiving ceremony in Entebbe, Uganda late Saturday, May 7, 2022. - Sputnik Africa, 1920, 22.03.2024
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In March of last year, Kainerugaba made a public announcement on his retirement from the national army. Prior to this, he expressed his intention on X to run for presidency in 2026. These posts, however, were then deleted.
The military of Uganda plays a crucial role in maintaining regional security and has sent contingents in Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. These forces are actively assisting in combatting Islamist rebels.