Gen Muhoozi appointed new Chief of Defence Forces

Man Jose Kayima

President Museveni has appointed his son Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba as the new Chief of Defence Forces (CDF).

He replaces Gen Wilson Mbasu Mbadi who was appointed Minister of State for trade in the new cabinet reshuffle on Thursday evening.

In October 2022, Gen. Muhoozi was dropped as the Commander of Uganda’s Land Forces and was replaced by by Maj Gen Kayanja Muhanga.

In the same year, President Museveni promoted him to the rank of full general.

Museveni also appointed Lt Gen Sam Okiding as the Deputy CDF, replacing Gen Peter Elwelu who has been appointed a presidential advisor.

The President also promoted UPDF Chief of Staff Land Force Maj Gen Jack Agonza Bakasumba to Joint Chief of Staff.

Bakasumba takes over from Major General Leopold Kyanda who will serve as a defence attache in a yet-to-be-known country.

Museveni also promoted Special Forces commander, Brigadier David Mugisha to the rank of Major General.

The Special Forces Commando Force commander, Col Asaph Nyakikuru was also promoted from the rank of Colonel to Brigadier.

Briefly on Muhoozi 

Muhoozi was born in 1974 in Dar es Salaam. His early education was in Tanzania, and later at Mount Kenya Academy in Nyeri, Kenya and in Sweden. When Museveni took power in 1986, the family returned to Uganda, and Muhoozi attended the Kampala Parents School, King’s College Budo and St Mary’s College Kisubi.

In 1999, Muhoozi joined the Uganda People’s Defence Force as an officer cadet and graduated in 2000 from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He later attended the Egyptian Military Academy. He also attended the Kalama Armoured Warfare Training School. He later took a one-year course at the US Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, graduating in June 2008.

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