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NRMs and RPFs:A history that separates, connects, and connects Uganda and Rwanda

The third-born of Rwandan President Paul Kagame, Ian Kagame recently joined, at least formally, the Rwandan Defense Forces (RDF).

The skinny officer, who just completed a military course at the acclaimed Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, has sparked comparisons to Rwanda's northern neighbor Uganda. In Uganda, debates continue over the succession of President Museveni, who has been in power since 1986 when his son Muhuji his General Kynergaba. central to this discussion.

Ian's comparison to General Muhuge, who was fired by his father as Army commander a few weeks ago but was also promoted to the rank of four-star general, is pretty stark.

Like Ian, Mufuzi graduated from the Western Military Academy, at Sandhurst where he completed two military courses, and at Fort He graduated from the U.S. Army Command and Staff College at Leavenworth.

Relations between Uganda and Rwanda went through many downturns before closing the border for several years, but for several years Kigali tended to mimic what was happening in Kampala.

“The NRA,” says Mr Mwambutsya Ndebesa, a senior lecturer at Makerere University, alluding to the National Resistance Army rebel outfit that Museveni led into the Luweero jungles before they conquered power in 1986, “Is the father of the RPF (Rwandan Patriotic Front), so Rwanda will seem to imitate what's done here, at least at a political level.”

Though RPF under the stewardship of Kagame has been in charge of Rwanda since 1994 when it shot its way to power and ended a brutal genocide in which 800,000 people were killed in 100 days of slaughter, it traces its roots in the Front for National Salvation (Fronasa), rebel group led by Yoweri Museveni that operated in Tanzania in a bid to oust Idi Amin in the 1970s.

First Son Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba and First Lady Janet Museveni, cut cake during Gen Muhoozi's 48th birthday dinner on Sunday at State House Entebbe. Witnessing are Rwanda President Paul Kagame (left) and President Museveni.

When he joined the army more than 20 years ago, there were murmurs that Muhoozi Kainerugaba was being groomed to takeover once his father, President Museveni, calls it a day.

In Rwanda, they recently saw president Paul Kagame's son formally being inducted into the army, sparking off succession rumours. Derrick Kiyonga writes that Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) tends to mimic what National Resistance Movement (NRM) does.

Ian Kagame, the third born of Rwandan president Paul Kagame, was recently at least formally initiated into the Rwanda Defence Forces (RDF).

The lanky military officer had just completed a military course at the admired Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, sparking off comparisons with Rwanda's northern neighbour, Uganda, where there's an ongoing debate on who will succeed President Museveni – who has been in power since 1986 – with his son Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba being a central character in this argument.

The comparisons between Ian and Gen Muhoozi, who was weeks ago fired by his father as the Commander Land Forces, but in the same go promoted to the rank of four-star General, are quite stark.

Just like Ian, Muhoozi is a graduate of Western military academies, having done two military courses at Sandhurst and the United States Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth.

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