Senior Presidential Advisor on the media and public relations, John Nagenda, says President Yoweri Museveni’s son, Maj Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba, will never make a proper president.
Museveni who is serving out his last term is expected to retire in 2021 if the constitution is not amended to scrap the 75 years presidential age limit.
Speaking to NTV in an interview, Nagenda said he is worried about what comes next when Museveni leaves power.
“I get nightmares thinking that by bad luck, there is no heir to Museveni in place,” Nagenda said.
“What happens if Museveni dies as all human beings do? If he dies, I fear that we will spend the next few years with people fighting for the presidency.”
According to Nagenda who has advised Museveni for over 20 years, the country should have prepared an heir to take up the reins of government when Museveni is no more.
He said the lack of successor is very wrong and that somebody should be groomed so that when Museveni steps down, they should be ready to succeed him.
“Muhoozi is a soldier, polite young man. I like know him. I like him as I like his father by the way but he is not a proper president.”
He added: “He has not even stood for LC1 chairman. But if he stands and Ugandans vote him, who am I to stop him.”
Nagenda’s fears come on heels of remarks made by a senior army officer, Brig. Kasirye Ggwanga, who believes Museveni will bring his son to succeed him.
“Do you expect him to bring you instead of his son? All you can do is get some to stand against him in elections,” Kasirye told BBS television.
Democratic Party President General, Norbert Mao, also expressed displeasure with the kind of marathon employed by Museveni while giving Muhoozi new ranks to the current rank of Major General.
Observers suggest that, by appointing Muhoozi as a presidential adviser, Museveni sought to give his son some political experience.
“Muhoozi is now high ranking than many soldiers who fought in Luweero Triangle,” Mao said, referring to the galloping through the ranks by the president’s son.
In 2013, the controversial army general warned Museveni against the idea of his son, succeeding him as president, saying such a move would be met with stiff resistance from the military.
Then a senior presidential adviser on security in Buganda, Kasirye said Muhoozi project publicised by Gen David Sejusa would cause instability in the country.
Sejusa even fled to exile in UK after writing a document alleging senior army officials and legislators would be killed in a move to push Muhoozi into the presidency.
“Succession talk is useless and the moment he comes up with his son as a successor, he has got problems with Kasirye Ggwanga. (There should be) no civilian politics in the army. Don’t underestimate us, otherwise you are playing with fire,” Brig. Ggwanga told Daily Monitor.
Asked to explain further, Brig. Ggwanga said: “But who is succeeding who? Whom did Gen. Museveni succeed? He came fighting! We were all fighting. I am 60 years old and we have seen it all!”
He added: “Let me warn that boy (Brig. Muhoozi), not even to think of taking over Uganda. Uganda will take care of itself.”
Museveni has not publicly said he wants his son to succeed him as President.