Uganda’s Mu­sev­eni ap­points son his ad­viser

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KAMPALA: Uganda’s Pres­i­dent Yow­eri Mu­sev­eni has ap­pointed his son as his se­nior ad­viser, of­fi­cials said yes­ter­day – a move an­a­lysts said was part of a plan to groom him to take over the top job.

The pres­i­dent’s son, Ma­jor-Gen­eral Muhoozi Kaineru­gaba, was moved from his po­si­tion at the head of the army’s spe­cial forces, the mil­i­tary said, in what it called a nor­mal change in com­mand.

But po­lit­i­cal ri­vals have reg­u­larly ac­cused the 72-year-old pres­i­dent of hand­ing pow­er­ful po­si­tions to mem­bers of his fam­ily and adopt­ing an in­creas­ingly au­to­cratic style – charges his sup­port­ers dis­miss.

His brother, Salim Saleh, is an­other pres­i­den­tial ad­viser and his wife, Janet Mu­sev­eni, is min­is­ter of ed­u­ca­tion. “Muhoozi is go­ing to play a sig­nif­i­cant role,” said rights ac­tivist Ni­cholas Opiyo.

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