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Like father like son: Museveni and Muhoozi’s love for grand birthday parties

By Freya Wanjiku September 9th, 2023 2 min read

Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni and his son, General Muhoozi Kainerugaba, share a taste for extravagant birthday parties that dazzle with opulence and luxury.

When it’s time to mark their birthdays, President Museveni and his controversial son have a reputation for rolling out the red carpet and sparing no expense.

These celebrations are no ordinary affairs; they are grand spectacles, featuring extravagant parties that leave a lasting imprint. The guest list usually reads like a who’s who from around the globe, adding an extra layer of glitz and glamour.

In this file picture, retired President Uhuru Kenyatta shakes hands Uganda’s Special Envoy Lt. General Muhoozi Kainerugaba after the two held discussions at State House, Nairobi. PHOTO | PSCU

To ensure smooth access for their high-profile guests, they don’t hesitate to close off sections of roads, creating an exclusive pathway to the festivities. These lavish birthday celebrations serve as a testament to their lavish lifestyles and unapologetic opulence.

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With President Museveni gearing up to celebrate his 79th birthday a week ahead of his actual birth date, which falls on September 15th, another big party is in the offing. The grand celebration is set to take place at the iconic Kololo Independence Grounds.

In anticipation of this momentous occasion, Senior Superintendent Godwin Arinaitwe, the Kampala Metropolitan Traffic Police Commander, has announced some key traffic arrangements.

The event is expected to draw a colossal crowd of approximately 100,000 guests, necessitating traffic diversions to accommodate the passage of VVIPs.

LEFT: President Yoweri Museveni. RIGHT: General Muhoozi Kainerugaba. PHOTOS | FILE

Similarly, when his son was celebrating his 48th birthday in 2022, some roads were closed to honor the big day. Kampala Traffic Commander Kauma Rodgers then said road users would use alternative roads to avoid hiccups to the party’s venue which was at Lugogo Cricket Oval.

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The Traffic Police Commander of Kampala, Arinaitwe, announced that approximately 100,000 attendees from various regions of the nation are anticipated for President Museveni’s birthday celebration.

During his birthday party, Muhoozi hosted renowned Ugandan artistes, including Jose Chameleon and Bebe Cool, who flew in from various countries. All were welcome for his birthday party. Although a significant celebration was held for him, the days leading up to his birthday on April 24th were filled with grand events.

President William Ruto in a discussion with President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda at Entebbe State House. PHOTO | PCS

Nile Post reported that President Museveni’s birthday celebrations were put together by a group of youth led by the National Coordinator in the Office of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party Hadijah Namyalo.

While his party was ‘planned’ by his party members, his son Muhoozi during his 48th birthday appointed a committee to oversee the birthday preparations led by Michael Toyota Kaguta with Jackie Namuyonga as the secretary.

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