Muhoozi appoints regional coordinators for new political group

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Muhoozi appoints regional coordinators for new political group
Muhoozi waves to waiting crowds in Teso

Muhoozi last week launched PLU, a political group that its insiders are cagey about calling a party or pressure group - but one that will ultimately complete its metamorphosis from MK Movement into a party.

KAMPALA | First Son Muhoozi Kainerugaba has appointed several coordinators for different regions across the country as he hits the road in laying the national structure of his new political group, the Patriotic League of Uganda (PLU).

Gen Muhoozi, who is also a senior presidential advisor on special operations, last week launched PLU, a political group that its insiders are cagey about calling a party or pressure group - but one that will ultimately complete its metamorphosis from MK Movement into a party.

This new appointments aims to strengthen the party's presence and organisation in various areas of Uganda in preparation for the upcoming 2026 elections.

Muhoozi appointed Nelson Nshangabasheija as the coordinator for Kigezi, with Gulu West MP Martin Ojara Mapenduzi staking his collar in Acholi as Owekitinisa Henry Basaliza takes charge of Tooro.

Jackson Atima will coordinator activities in the Greater Arua.

Other notable appointments include Didas Tabaro Tumwesigye as deputy coordinator for Ankole, Godfrey Kabyanga as coordinator for Rwenzori, Sam Kajojo Arinaitwe as deputy coordinator for Kigezi, Polly Katwiire Karamuzi as spokesperson for Ankole, and Joyce Daphine Walemba as women representative for Rwenzori.

David Kabanda, the deputy spokesperson for PLU, emphasised the crucial role that these newly appointed coordinators will play in promoting the PLU's agenda and facilitating effective communication between the party and local communities.

Their responsibilities will include organising party activities, mobilising support, and representing the PLU in their respective regions.

Muhoozi's decision to strengthen the PLU's presence in different areas of Uganda is viewed as a strategic move to consolidate his influence nationally since he has not abandoned ambitions to challenge for the highest seat in the land even as the NRM maintains President Museveni will be on the ballot come 2026.

With the upcoming elections on the horizon, these appointments are expected to bolster the PLU's efforts to connect with voters and expand its political reach.

Recently, a group of individuals claiming to support Museveni launched the PLU, replacing the MK Movement, which was initially established two years ago to advocate for Gen Muhoozi's causes.

The MK Movement originated in April 2022 as a group dedicated to celebrating Gen Muhoozi's birthday.

However, it quickly evolved into a platform for Gen Muhoozi to express his political aspirations and make statements on military, political, and foreign affairs matters, which reportedly unsettled military leaders, local politicians, and foreign governments.

Subsequently, President Museveni intervened and prohibited his son, Gen Muhoozi, from publicly commenting on military, politics, and foreign affairs.

As a result, Gen Muhoozi has refrained from discussing these issues and reduced his attendance at events where his supporters advocate for his presidential candidacy in 2026.

Museveni referred to those associated with the MK Movement as self-seekers. However, another group emerged with a campaign called "Mzee kova ku main," urging President Museveni to stand for re-election in 2026.

Nonetheless, some members of the MK Movement insist that President Museveni should retire and allow his son to assume leadership.

The situation remains fluid, and the political landscape in Uganda continues to evolve as the country approaches the 2026 elections.

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