Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba, the First Son of Uganda, has declared war on Internal Affairs Minister Maj Gen Kahinda Otafiire for allegedly sabotaging the voice of young people in the country’s politics.
This was in response to Otafiire’s criticism of Muhoozi’s suggestion that it was time for the younger generation to assume leadership from the incumbent National Resistance Movement (NRM), of which President Museveni is the chairman.
Muhoozi had further described NRM as a ‘reactionary’ party, claiming that it could no longer represent the young generation. This has led to a conflict between the two parties, with Muhoozi taking a stand against Otafiire’s attack.
Last week, Minister Otafiire addressed the media, saying it was wrong for the First Son to downplay the party that has been in power since 1986 and that they would still front Museveni as their preferred candidate for the 2026 presidential elections.
This did not go over well with Muhoozi, who tweeted that he would not sit and watch while the minister sabotages the young generation from running the country. He vowed to teach the minister and ‘his group’ a lesson that their time is over.
“Calls us ‘mad’ people because we dare to ask the questions that even children understand. Let us teach Otafiire and his group that their time is absolutely over,” Muhoozi said in a later deleted tweet.
Muhoozi Kainerugaba has recently been vocal on social media, suggesting that he may be planning to run for president in 2026.
This has caused a war of words between his supporters, who have been dubbed the ‘Muhoozi Army’, and the old guard of the NRM party, who still have faith in the current leader, Yoweri Museveni.
Muhoozi has not officially declared his presidential bid yet, but his posts have made it clear that he is considering it. This has caused a rift between the two sides, as the NRM old guard are resistant to the idea of Muhoozi succeeding his father.