Uganda's Museveni promotes son to special adviser role

Muhoozi Kainerugaba, 42, was promoted from brigadier to major general last year
Muhoozi Kainerugaba, 42, was promoted from brigadier to major general last year

Uganda's leader Yoweri Museveni has promoted his eldest son to become a special presidential adviser in a reshuffle of army commanders.

Maj Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba has risen rapidly within the military, fuelling speculation that he is being groomed to become president one day.

Analysts say his new role, working more closely with state house, will broaden his remit and experience.

Mr Museveni, 72, is one of Africa's longest-serving leaders.

He came to power in 1986 after winning a five-year guerrilla war - and last year won his fifth term in office with more than 60% of the vote.

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Date Published : Wednesday, January 11, 2017