By Kwame Ismail Nkurunziza
In his tweet 8 months ago, the Special Forces Commander and First Son, Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba, who is known to have a great admiration for his father Gen. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, suggested that there should be statues of Museveni in every town of Uganda, because he is a great military strategist who against all odds achieved the impossible.
Lt. Gen. Muhoozi, who is the commander of the elite Special Forces Commandoes, also suggested the same thing should done in Rwanda for both Paul Kagame and the late Fred Rwigyema.
The Sandhurst trained military officer sees the two men as great soldiers too.
Gen. Muhoozi’s idea was brought into fruition when a statue of President Museveni in military uniform was unveiled at the headquarters of Special Forces Command as part of the preparation to mark Tarehe Sita day, which is commemorated today.
Tarehe Sita, which means the ‘sixth date’, is marked to remember the day the fighters of the then National Resistance Army (NRA) attacked Kabamba barracks, before they launched a guerrilla war that brought the National Resistance Movement (NRM) into power.
The statue unveiling ceremony which was held Friday was officiated over by Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugabe, UPDF Joint Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Joseph Musanyufu, Russian defence attaché to Uganda Col. Alexander Grigoriev and his deputy Lt. Col. Tarasov.
Muhoozi, who has in the past said he will consider himself lucky if he achieves half of the things his father has achieved, praised Museveni as an exceptional leader.
The highly trained soldier, who is deemed to be perhaps the most influential serving UPDF officer today, thanks to his close relationship with the Commander-in-Chief, is said to nurse the ambition of becoming the next president.
Although the first son has never come out to make his position on succeeding his father clear, a well informed source told ExposedUganda.com that behind the scenes the First Son is eager to grow a network of mobilizers who support him and in the past few years has been reaching out to different political players, including some dissatisfied opposition leaders.
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