Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba, the first son and commander of the land forces, has announced his retirement from the UPDF.
In a tweet on Tuesday, 08 March 2022, Gen Kainerugaba said in 28 years of service, he has achieved so much for the army.
“After 28 years of service in my glorious military, the greatest military in the world, I am happy to announce my retirement. Me and my soldiers have achieved so much! I have only love and respect for all those great men and women that achieve greatness for Uganda everyday,” he said.
No more details were immediately available about his next course of action. However, insiders believe he could be headed to politics, sooner than later.
After 28 years of service in my glorious military, the greatest military in the world, I am happy to announce my retirement. Me and my soldiers have achieved so much! I have only love and respect for all those great men and women that achieve greatness for Uganda everyday.
— Muhoozi Kainerugaba (@mkainerugaba) March 8, 2022
His announcement comes as he oversees the operation against ADF rebels in DR Congo.
In 1999, Muhoozi joined the UPDF at the rank of officer cadet and graduated in 2000 from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, the British Army’s officer training school. He quickly made promotion within UPDF.
In September 2011 Muhoozi was promoted to Colonel. In early 2012 Col. Muhoozi enrolled at the South African National Defence College for the Executive National Security Program. In August 2012 he was promoted to Brigadier General and appointed Commander Special Forces Command. In 2013 and 2014 Muhoozi was one of the senior UPDF commanders who deployed to South Sudan to support the Government of South Sudan after fighting broke out in Juba between rival factions of the SPLA.
In 2017 Muhoozi was appointed Senior Presidential Advisor on Special Duties, a position he held until December 2020.
The Commander of the Land Forces (CLF) of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF), Lieutenant General, Muhoozi Kainerugaba, briefs Ugandan troops serving under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), in Mogadishu, during his visit to Somalia on 24 September 2021.