By E. K Benj
Uganda’s 1st son Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba since his appointment as Senior Presidential Adviser for Special Operations on 10 January 2017 has stretched deeper public relations sentiments. Besides regular tweets which have won him close to 300,000 followers base , Muhoozi’s posters have also been spotted at Clock Tower Queen’s Way in Kampala.
Some local music promoters wearing T-shirts with Muhoozi photo have also earlier delivered special COVID relief food targeting elite and popular Ugandans
Muhoozi is now concerned about COVID 19 sky rocketing cases in Uganda and has now launched a new campaign to fight COVID 19 calling on the public to follow all Ministry of Health guidelines. Wear face masks in public.
Kainerugaba adds “COVID-19 is not a myth, it’s real” and concludes asking Almighty God to continue blessing Uganda as a Public Holiday was declared today 29th August for National Prayers.
Uganda President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni on Thursday released a statement indicating that a certain Ugandan came and and told him that God had told him in a vision that he should organise National Prayers, scientifically for God to deliver the country from COVID 19.
Therefore, by the powers given to the President of Uganda by Section 2(2) of the Public Holidays Act, I declare the 29th of August 2020, a day of National Prayers and a Public Holiday. Stay in your houses or Compounds and pray.
I have invited a few religious leaders to come to Entebbe State House and pray together with Janet and myself when you are all watching on TV or listening on Radios.
I appeal to all Ugandans to join this massive act of supplication “Mushabe, muryaheebwa, musherure, muryazoora”, I remember from our priests at Kyamate in 1950s.
This is in the Book of Matthew chapter 7 verse 7. In English it says: “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”
Meanwhile Uganda’s Medical Association has said more than 80% of COVID patients do not have serious symptoms therefore should be treated at home to create space for others.
Uganda records more than 2362 cases with 1324 recoveries and 28 deaths.
Who is Muhoozi Kainerugaba
Muhoozi Kainerugaba was born on 24 April 1974 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania to Yoweri Museveni, who has been President of Uganda since 1986, and Janet Museveni, the Minister of Education and Sports since 6 June 2016.
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.
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. 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. Following that, he successfully completed the Executive National Security Programme at the South African National Defence College.
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. 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.
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 in what Former Chief Spy Gen David Ssegusa termed as MUHOOZI PROJECT. Analysts suggested that, by appointing Muhoozi as a presidential adviser, Museveni sought to give his son some political experience.
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.