Musevenis son Muhoozi
Musevenis son Muhoozi

Uganda President Yoweri Museveni on Thursday night appointed his son, General Muhoozi Kainerugaba as the new Chief of Defence Forces.

The appointment followed the selection of the immediate former CDF, General Wilson Mbasu to a Ministerial role, in a Cabinet reshuffle announced on Thursday.

Muhoozi's last posting was as his father's advisor for special operations.

He has previously led the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) as its Commander.

In a statement by the UPDF spokesperson Brigadier General FM Kulayigye said Lt General Samuel Okiding will serve as the new Deputy CDF.

Lt General Peter Elwelu the former deputy CDF will going forward serve as Museveni's advisor.

In other appointments, Major General Eric Kyanda will be the new Defence attaché, and Major General Jackson Bakasumba the new Joint Chief of Staff.

Brigadier General David Mugisha has also been promoted to Major General and Colonel Asaph Nyakyikuru promoted to Brigadier General.

"The UPDF fraternity congratulates the General officers for the new appointments and well-deserved promotions and wish them good luck in their new assignments and ranks," the spokesperson said.

The Ugandan first son has previously expressed his desire to succeed his father, insisting that he has great plans for the country and he cannot wait to be president.

"I will be President of Uganda after my father. Those fighting the truth will be very disappointed!!! I will organise and make our country great as Almighty God always intended it to be," Muhoozi said in early 2023.