The Special Presidential Assistant in charge of Special Operations, Maj Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba has distanced himself from a group of youthful activists rallying support for his presidency.
The youth recently circulated posters appealing to the public to support the First Son to take over from President Yoweri Museveni in 2021.
“Muhoozi Kainerugaba: Our generation president (2021-2016),” one of the leaflets read.
The spokesperson of the office of Special Operations Presidential Advisor, Maj Chris Magezi said the pro-Muhoozi group first appeared in 2015 towards the 2016 elections.
“The group had gone silent, but has resurrected now. Why?”
“Maj Gen Muhoozi wishes to unequivocally state that he has no knowledge about that group of youth and what they claim to represent,” said Magezi.
“He (Muhoozi) has never met or interacted with any of them and therefore the views and opinions they have been propagating are solely their own.”
Muhoozi is a former commander of the Special Forces Command.
Many youth groups have urged him to contest for president.
Muhoozi is a serving military officer who would need to retire to seek political officer.
Magezi said if the pro-youth groups are merely fans of Maj Gen Muhoozi, then he deeply appreciates their support and feels honored by their confidence in him.
He further pointed out that the youth groups are discussing political issues, which as civilians they are entitled to but that Muhoozi has no intention to enter political activity for the foreseeable future.
“As he has stated on several occasions when he is no longer a serving soldier in the UPDF he will make his decision about serving his country in other fields,” said Magezi.
“Until then all groups that purport to represent him or his intentions should be viewed with some skepticism.”