Kisoro, Uganda | By Michael Wandati | The former Inspector General of Police (Rtd) Gen Edward Kale Kayihura, has spoken highly of the Senior Presidential Advisor on Special Operations, Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba, affirming him as not only a great friend but also as a capable individual with the potential to lead Uganda.
Gen Kayihura conveyed these sentiments during the celebration of his daughter Tesi Uwibambe’s marriage to the son of the former Inspector General of Police of Rwanda, Brigadier General Emmanuel Gasana. The event took place at Gen Kale Kayihura’s residence in Nyakabande, Kisoro district.
During the colourful ceremony, Gen Kayihura extended gratitude to Gen Muhoozi for gracing the occasion with his presence, and also expressed appreciation to his wife Charlotte Nankunda.
Gen Kayihura took a moment to acknowledge Gen Muhoozi’s instrumental role in ensuring justice for the retired General when he was acquitted of the charges he had been facing.
The former Inspector General of Police conveyed his confidence in Gen Muhoozi’s qualifications, endorsing him as the most suitable candidate to become Uganda’s next president. He highlighted Gen Muhoozi’s notable contributions to national and regional security.
In his speech at the event, Gen Kainerugaba recalled that Gen Kayihura was among the select senior UPDF soldiers who welcomed him and others when he initially joined the army.
Gen Muhoozi in his address, expressed gratitude to Gen Kayihura for his unwavering loyalty, highlighting that even in challenging times, Gen Kayihura remained steadfast in his allegiance to his father President Yoweri Museveni.
He encouraged Gen Kayihura to document his memoirs, emphasizing that such an account would provide Ugandans with a compelling narrative, encompassing his family’s history, particularly his father’s role in Uganda’s independence struggle, and his own contributions in both the UPDF and police.
Gen Muhoozi also acknowledged that despite the premature passing of Gen Kayihura’s father, John Kalekyezi, he left behind an accomplished son whose achievements are commendable.
The opposition has long accused Museveni of seeking to impose a monarchy on the state and claimed he was grooming Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba to take over from him. However, Mr Museveni has denied such accusations.
Abel Bizimana, the LC 5 Chairperson for Kisoro District, seized the moment to declare that Uganda’s optimism lies in General Muhoozi Kainerugaba. He rallied the residents of Kisoro to throw their support behind the accomplished four-star general.
The ceremony drew the presence of senior government officials from both Uganda and Rwanda, and it is anticipated that subsequent events will take place in Kigali.
The event was attended by dignitaries including Dr. Chris Baryomunsi, the Minister of ICT and National Guidance, Sarah Mateke, the Minister of State for Children and Youth Affairs, Principal Judge Justice Flavian Zeija, and amother other various high-ranking government and army officials.