As he declared his presidential ambitions, First Son, Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba, slammed the old generation of leaders, including his father, Yoweri Museveni, and uncle, Gen Salim Saleh, for allegedly dominating the young generation.
The 48-year-old serving military officer and presidential advisor special operations stated that he has had enough of waiting for his turn and that time is running out for him.
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“The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom is 42 years old, while the Prime Minister of Finland is 37. Some of us are approaching the age of 50. We’ve had enough of waiting. We will not back down! Fidel Castro, my HERO, was elected President at the age of 32. I’m going to be 49 years old soon. It’s just not right. The presidency of the country is intended for young men.
How many of you agree that our time has come? Enough with the elderly ruling us. We are being dominated. It is now our generation’s turn to shine. “Retweet and like,” the former UPDF land forces commander said in a series of tweets before assuring his followers that he will run for president in 2026.
“You’ve wanted me to say it for a long time! Okay, in the name of Jesus Christ, my God, in the name of all Ugandans and people around the world, and in the name of our great revolution, I will run for President in 2026!” he declared.
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Gen Muhoozi, who has recently openly criticised members of his father’s party, the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM), which has been in power since 1986, when Mr Museveni shot his way to State House through guerrilla warfare, also claimed that Uganda has no opposition.
“All there is Truth and Lies!” “The time for the people to choose between them is quickly approaching,” tweeted the outspoken General, whose father recently assured him that he would leave Twitter due to his outbursts, which have frequently caused controversy, particularly in diplomatic circles and his father’s party.
The “nonsense of certain people stealing our people’s wealth because they are ‘Connected’ will end forever!” he says. We will rebuild and rehabilitate our country from the ravages of corruption!”
The former commander of the elite Special Forces Command (SFC), whom his father has always described as a son of the revolution, stated that his movement (MK), which he has been using to seemingly endear himself to the electorate, is a nationalist, non-sectarian, progressive, democratic, and Pan-Africanist organisation.
“We believe in all the people of Uganda and Africa!” he exclaimed, before proposing that members of his movement set aside one day each month for community service.
“I propose that it be the last Sunday of the month. From 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. On that day, we will clean our villages, towns, and cities. On March 26th, I will play my part.”
Although Kainerugaba has previously denied claims that he intends to succeed his 78-year-old father, one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders, he has risen quickly through Uganda’s army ranks.