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The recent media reports about the famed “Muhoozi project” have generated curiosity at home and abroad.

The question that many people are asking is whether President Museveni is preparing Brig Kainerugaba Muhoozi, the First Son, to inherit the presidency like many African dictators do. Recently, Brig (rtd) Kasirye Gwanga fired the first salvo in the media, warning that a possible Muhoozi presidency would not only split the military and the country, but was objectionable within the security circles.

Had Gwanga spoken about this “Muhoozi project” in isolation and moved on, the issue would not have gained gravity, in the manner it has now. Therefore, the additional voice of a top security figure, Gen David Sejusa, on this matter, has given it a form, shape and life of a dragon.

On the face of it, NRM apologists would argue, Muhoozi’s presidential bid is a mere illusion. However, we all know how Mr Museveni operates. We can contend that this media buzz about the ‘Muhoozi project’ is a plot by the calculative Museveni to first test the idea of a Muhoozi inheritance of power.

Through his soldiers, he wants to prepare the landscape for the public acquaintance with a Muhoozi presidency. For Muhoozi, it is easy to develop a sense of entitlement to the presidency. After all, his father worked for it, built it for him and helped him build a personal army [Special Forces Command] within the UPDF for his defence.

If you follow Ugandan politics, you will easily recognise how Museveni has become so predictable these days. He has become blunt and his frustrations are no longer camouflaged. In the past, he used decoy and other guerilla war strategies to hoodwink the population into the trenches.

For instance, in the late 1990s he used the most hated and feared man at the time, Maj Roland Kakooza Mutale, as a bait to smuggle back into cabinet individuals that had been censured as ministers before. He nominated him to cabinet alongside the Sam Kutesas, leading to a public debate about his (Mutale’s) suitability to serve as a minister. In the ensuing, Kutesa was approved.

Most analysts will agree that this government has redefined public relations as a game of denial. So, whatever secret agenda they have in private will be ferociously denied of its existence in public. The truth is that the Muhoozi project is a well-orchestrated plot by a powerful group of regime loyalist and evidence is there to corroborate its existence, development and subsequent manifestation.

First, it took Muhoozi less than 12 years to rise to the rank of brigadier in the army, a rank that many officers never attain even when they serve the army diligently for 40 years. The biased selection of Muhoozi to go for military training in some of the best military academies in the world, in the UK, US and South Africa is a living testimony that this man is being prepared for a big mission in future.

Finally, Muhoozi’s leadership of the SFC, the elite military unit, places him in charge of a ‘private army’ within the UPDF. In this unit, most of its officers were handpicked through very rigorous procedures to ensure loyalty. Most of these officers, men and women are westerners like the president.

The revelations by Sejusa, therefore, should not be taken lightly as recommended by Dr Crispus Kiyonga, the minister of Defence. Gen Sejusa is not some pet shop boy around town. He has been the coordinator of intelligence services for a while now and knows fully what he is talking about.

The author is a Ugandan social critic based in Toronto, Canada.


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-10 #1 santus israel 2013-05-23 22:53
What are the criteria for one to be Uganda's President?
The key ones are he must be Ugandan, above 35 and a minimum A Level. Muhoozi qualifies outright.

It's haters & KB lovers who think that Muhoozi cannot be President just because his father is. Would you write this same article if Anselme, Kabaka Mutebi or Jimmy Akena ascend(ed) to such levels as Muhoozi in their time(s) for Ugandans to raise suspicions of them being groomed by their fathers for the presidency? Of course not.

And for the record, i still do not trust KB. He is part and parcel of the NRM. As a rebel, he participated in the Luwero massacres, directly or indirectly. If and when the ICC ever investigate crimes committed in the Luwero or Northern Uganda, KB, Muntu, Sabiti and Tinye should be questioned and hanged too.

This buisness of bedeviling M7 and portraying the others as saints is madness. His party just recently sham and violent elections, meaning he is no different. So this is pure hatred.
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-2 #2 Luganda 2013-05-23 23:06
''...........Finally, Muhoozi’s leadership of the SFC, the elite military unit, places him in charge of a ‘private army’ within the UPDF. In this unit, most of its officers were handpicked through very rigorous procedures to ensure loyalty. Most of these officers, men and women are westerners like the president.......''

Mr Komakech, i believe you are a UPC supporter of sorts. Fair article this, but that line you used is quite true for Museveni's army as it was for Obote and Amin. It's common knowledge that most soldiers in Obote's 2 regimes were Langis and Acholis while Amins were Nubians.

You can rest assured if the Kabaka were to assume the Presidency, his current royal guards who are all Baganda will form the High Commnand and that the national army would majorly be Baganda . The point is our political system is so weak and based on tribalistic tendencies. There needs to be equal representation during recruitments. Unfortunately, i dont see this happen soon.
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+1 #3 DAVID 2013-05-23 23:16
Museveni never ceases to amaze the likes of ugandans. He delights in telling the world about his father’s strong Christian faith. Yet if it were really so, he would have hid about the dangers to his so-called First son.

There is an archetypal curse upon first-borns and father’s favourites. Beginning with Esau and Isaac to the present, first-borns have never fared well. They normally gender unnecessary rivalry because they are often put on a pedestal for all the Ruebens; vultures; and hyenas to gaze upon. And if they are as naive as their progenitors, they also are often fooled into thinking and believing that the world is their oyster.

Muhoozi must renounce and expunge this corrupt archetypal and primitive practice from his mind if he wants peace. Anyway what about Ishmaels and Salehs; etc, the spare-ribs? Watch this space. A parent who has favorites among his children stores up trouble for them.
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+3 #4 General Piko 2013-05-24 02:16
There is no smoke without fire, that's why M7 is behaving like that. Muhoozi can NEVER lead, he failed in military academy and was just pushed through.

For those of us who know him, he is VERY DULL without leadership skill.
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+4 #5 Betty Long Cap 2013-05-24 03:56
Quoting Luganda:
You can rest assured if the Kabaka were to assume the Presidency, his current royal guards who are all Baganda will form the High Commnand and that the national army would majorly be Baganda .


Luganda, that takes more imagination than I can muster. Maybe Queen Elizabeth II becoming the Prime Minister but not the Kabaka wanting to be President.

More likely is Museveni wanting to abolish all kings and kingdoms and becoming Supreme Ruler. Dream on, DICTATOR, because it won't happen.
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+2 #6 Webesixty 2013-05-24 10:30
Quoting General Piko:
There is no smoke without fire, that's why M7 is behaving like that. Muhoozi can NEVER lead, he failed in military academy and was just pushed through.

For those of us who know him, he is VERY DULL without leadership skill.


My poor memory tells me Kaguta was a total failure politically. He successfully rode on Mengo's back with the aid of a gun and donor funds to the gates of Jerusalem.

It's the dull ones who push the boats out in the middle of a storm. Who knows, he might end up shipwrecked in treasure island. With donor divine luck, treasure island may be free of savage tribes!
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0 #7 Webesixty 2013-05-24 11:07
Quoting Betty Long Cap:
More likely is Museveni wanting to abolish all kings and kingdoms and becoming Supreme Ruler. Dream on, DICTATOR, because it won't happen.


A drowning man will clutch at anything for survival. What would you say if Muntu pulls out a surprise move and turns into a movement successor in disguise? The son looks more of a red herring!

Winning a race is not living life to the full.
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-3 #8 Robert Atuhairwe 2013-05-24 16:24
The thing is real. Muhoozi generation; we are here to transform things.
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+2 #9 gilo 2013-05-24 17:05
Quoting Webesixty:
A drowning man will clutch at anything for survival.


Got that right, Webesixty. If the Muhoozi Project fails, Museveni faces charges of corruption and crimes against humanity.
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+1 #10 Webesixty 2013-05-25 12:51
Quoting Robert Atuhairwe:
The thing is real. Muhoozi generation; we are here to transform things.

With FEDERO looming in the background, The Greater West, too, can have lots of fun with their share of wealth in the hands of a few silver spooned lot. Cap that with the impunity involved.

Will be christmas everyday!
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+2 #11 Ocaya pOcure 2013-05-25 17:24
Ndugu Komakec and fellow Ugandans: We heard how both Mobutu and Gaddafi anointed the sons to take over but what happen?

FIRST, Ugandans let us not forget that DR Congo was led by Mobutu who ruled that country for 3 decades and installed his own son to be the ruler of his empire. But the empire collapsed and Mobutu died all the way in Morocco aged only 66 years old.

SECOND, as the going got tough the son of dictator Mobutu could not stand up and to date nobody knows where the son of Mobutu is. YES, we must not forget about the followings (a) Saif al-Islam, General Muhammad Gaddafi's son and (b) Kongulu Mobutu, son of Mobutu Sese Seko. The question is, did they take over from their rulers?

LASTLY I think Ugandans must wait and see how M7 and his NRA/M is going to rule and ends the power to Muhoozi comes the hour!

Ocaya pOcure
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+1 #12 Mubiru 2013-05-25 17:54
"Brig (rtd) Kasirye Gwanga fired the first salvo in the media, warning that a possible Muhoozi presidency would not only split the military and the country, but was objectionable within the security circles."

Those are exactly Komakech quoted words. For a man, who is a Presidential adviser to "oppose" Muhoozi's "grooming" was just a sham to mislead the public. The Baganda would say that was throwing a stone in bush to find out where or not there is an animal
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