Kampala - The son of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has
said he has no current plan to succeed his father, refuting weeks of opposition
accusations he was preparing to take over power.
"Uganda is not a monarchy where leadership is passed on
from father to son," said Muhoozi Kainerugaba, 39, son of the president
and commander of a special forces unit, in a statement late on Sunday.
Last month police shut the two main independent newspapers
and two radio stations for 10 days after they reported arguments among army
generals over whether the president's son was to succeed him.
"The power to choose how Uganda is governed lies with
Ugandans and not a single individual as some people would want us to
believe," said Kainerugaba's statement, released by the army's special
forces spokesperson Edson Kwesiga.
Newspapers in early May printed a leaked confidential memo
by a senior general, David Sejusa, alleging that Museveni - in power since 1986
- was grooming Kainerugaba to succeed him.
Sejusa, also known as Tinyefuza, who has since fled to
Britain, said there were plots to assassinate those opposed to the plan, but
that claim was criticised by other generals.
Kainerugaba, a brigadier who now commands Uganda's special
forces, has recently enjoyed rapid promotion through the ranks, although
Museveni has made no mention of plans for him to succeed him.
Kwesiga said the president's son "issued the statement
to clarify claims by a section of the opposition that there are plans to make
him take over... he has not declared his ambitions".
Uganda is due to hold presidential elections in 2016 but it
is not clear if Museveni - an army general himself who rose to power as
guerrilla commander - plans to run again.