The leader of the political pressure group, Peoples Transition Group, Col (Rtd) Dr Kizza Besigye who is also the four time presidential candidate has revealed that he has all the evidence that shows that the first son who is also the commander of landing forces Muhoozi Kainergaba illegally joined the UPDF army.
While appearing to a radio talk show last month, Besigye said that everything about Lt. Muhoozi that connected him to the military was nothing but a load of lies, he joined the army illegally, stayed there illegally and all his promotions were also very illegal.
Doctor Kiiza Besigye mentioned that he has evidence of all these claims and however much he did not present the evidence.
It should be noted that this is not the first time for Dr. Kiiza Besigye to claim about Muhoozis promotion in army.
In Besigyes 2013 open letter to President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, he mentioned that his era was so full of dictatorship and unfair policies.
In his open letter, Besigye highlighted that Regulation 7 of CS-O provides the procedure for Application for Commission. A person shall not be enrolled into the UPDF unless he/she fills a prescribed form and has been selected by a committee.
Besigye added that after enrollment, one must undergo the prescribed basic military training; during which, he/she is graded and reported upon by the officer in charge of training. After the training, one must appear before the Commissions Board for a decision of the Board whether that person shall be commissioned to the UPDF and whether he should go for an officer training in a military academy.
This is the legal process that Muhoozi did not submit himself to before getting enrolled and training as a Cadet Officer. How was he selected to attend the course at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, UK?
Muhoozi illegally joined the UPDF in 1999 as a Cadet Officer; he was commissioned as Second Lieutenant in 2000. He became a Major in 2003; Lt. Col in 2008; and attained his current rank of Brigadier General in 2012, after 12 years of commissioned service.
He ought to have been considered for promotion to rank of Colonel after 21 years of commissioned service. Why hasnt the clogging on ranks caused by lack of money to retire other officers affected Muhoozi? What exceptional circumstances advised his meteoric rise to his current rank in less than half the required time?
Is it also a coincidence that the school friends he asked to bring along for elementary training during his A level holiday have all had meteoric rise in rank and appointments of UPDF? I am not questioning their patriotic ideological interest in the Army or whether they are Godsend to the Army as characterized by Mr. Museveni. What I question is whether they follow the laws and regulations that govern UPDF.
According to Besigye, When Muhoozi in 2007 was admitted to the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, USA and he had to be given a temporary rank of a Major to enable him access to the course because he was still too junior for it. Were there no qualified officers with an appropriate rank to do the course?