Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba will retain his role as the Presidential Advisor on top of his reappointment as the Commandant of the elite Special Forces Command (SFC).
Gen Muhoozi was Wednesday reappointed by President Museveni as Commander of the force which is charged with security of the President and Commander in Chief.
Since 2017, the 46-year-old has been serving as the President’s Advisor on Special Operations after he was retired from the SFC leadership.
The move was deemed then by critics as an attempt by the president to introduce the First Son to the political arena, amid speculations that Muhoozi was harboring presidential ambitions himself.
It has now emerged that Gen Muhoozi will keep his advisory role while serving as the elite force Chief.
“Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba is appointed as Commandant of the SFC but will also retain his appointment as senior presidential advisor handling the security issue he has been handling,” directed President Museveni in the reshuffle notice seen by ChimpReports.
At the SFC, Muhoozi is taking over from Gen James Birungyi who is replacing Maj Gen Paul Lokech on the Special Assignment in South Sudan.
In other changes, Museveni named Gen Loketch as the new Deputy Inspector General of Police, to replace Maj Gen Sabiiti Muzeyi who has been sent back to the General Headquarters for redeployment.
Regarding the changes in Police, President Museveni implied in the notice that this was aimed at strengthening the Police to take on civil uprisings.
“The Police force must be made to perform its duty of defending Ugandans from lawlessness, threat to life and property. Any police person that does not do this must leave the police. There are thousands ready to replace them.” he said.
The new changes, Museveni said take immediate effect, while those in the Police will await approval from Parliament.
Museveni also congratulated the UPDF for “defeating the insurrection that the traitors with their foreign backers attempted to state a few weeks back.”