The eldest son of long-serving Ugandan junta Yoweri Museveni, Lieutenant General Muhoozi Kainerugaba who happens to be the country’s commander of the land forces, Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF), has raised eyebrows after shooting a sensitive warning regarding the waterloo awaiting mutineers in Uganda.
With word on the street suggesting that Museveni is positioning his son to take over from him, the ambitious military man has talked big about the country’s military under his command saying that any attempt by a section of the military to turn against government will be a bootless mission which will be silenced in less than 24 hours.
While referring to the successful military coup in Guinea, Muhoozi claimed that in case such an instance rocks Uganda, then instructions from the commander-in-chief (Museveni) to restore sanity will only be the requirement before suppressing ‘stupidity’ and disciplining the mutinous troops in less than a day.
Colonel Mamady Doumbouya
His boastful statement was however subjected to ridicule as Ugandans referred to an operation that Muhoozi was once in charge in the Central African Republic in pursuit of Ugandan warlord, Joseph Kony.
In the referred December 2008 operation christened Operation Lightening Thunder launched by Uganda People’s Defence Forces, backed by US troops against the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) led by Joseph Kony, a self-styled mystic leader who at one time wanted to rule Uganda according to the biblical ten commandments, Kainerugaba’s team raided Kony’s hiding place in the jungles of CAR but only managed to capture his personal belongings as the wanted man vanished into the tropical forests.
Personal belongings of Joseph Kony that were seized deep in the forests of Central African Republic
In 2017, the dreaded mission to capture or kill Kony was however brought to an end. Mr. Kony, was of course, never captured or killed.
The USA spent almost 800 million dollars on the fruitless efforts since 2011 when President Barack Obama deployed Special Operations Forces to the region to provide advisory support, intelligence and logistical assistance to the Ugandan forces who were fighting the Lord’s Resistance Army.
When calling of the operation in April 2017, the Ugandan spokesperson stated that, ” The Lord’s Resistance Army no longer poses a threat to us as Uganda”.
Ugandan forces deep in the forests of Central African Republic during the hunt for Joseph Kony