Ugandan President Promotes Army Son Seen as His Successor

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni promoted his son, who is seen as a possible successor, to a top military position the week after the leader was sworn in for a fifth term.

Muhoozi Kaneirugaba, 42, was named a major general from brigadier, the Kampala-based Daily Monitor reported on its website, citing an army statement. Kaneirugaba also leads the elite Special Forces Command, which guards the president and strategically important installations in the East African nation.

Museveni, 71, won elections in Africa’s biggest coffee exporter in February, extending his rule to 35 years. The outcome was disputed by the opposition Forum for Democratic Change whose leader, Kizza Besigye, was detained on treason charges after supporters staged protests and held a mock-swearing in ceremony for him last week.

In 2013, the government shut down the Nation Media Group-owned Daily Monitor, Uganda’s most widely circulated newspaper, for more than a week after it reported an alleged plot to assassinate anyone who opposed Kaneirugaba’s planned succession of Museveni.

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