In our Monday, August 24, lead story ‘Army rank saga ruffles NRM govt’, we omitted some names and placed others in the wrong regions. 

For instance, we forgot to include Brig. Charles Angina (Teso), Brig. Sam Kawagga (Buganda) and Maj. Gen. Fred Oketcho (Teso). We categorized Brig. Robert Rusoke as being from Ankore but he is actually from Tooro. Nathan Mugisha was included as both a Brigadier and Major General, but he is actually the latter.

We named Geoffrey Taban Kyabihende as being from Kigezi but he is actually from Ankore. Maj. Gen. Jim Oweyesigire was categorised as hailing from Ankore but he is from Kigezi. Bernard Rwehururu was classified as Major General but he is actually a Brigadier. Maj. Gen. Francis Nyangweso was included but we have since learnt that he never became part of NRA/UPDF. We regret the error and publish below a corrected list. Take note that we have placed officers in their tribal area and not where they are settled or were actually born.

Gen. Aronda Nyakairima    Ankore    
Gen. David Tinyefuza    Ankore    
Gen. Elly Tumwine    Ankore    
Gen. Rtd Caleb Akwandwanaho    Ankore    
Gen. Rtd Yoweri Museveni    Ankore    

Lieutenant Generals

Lt. Gen. Ivan Koreta    Ankore    
Lt. Gen. Jeje Odongo    Teso    
Lt. Gen. Katumba Wamala    Buganda    
Lt. Gen. Rtd. Moses Ali    West Nile    

Major Generals
Maj. Gen. Francis Okello    Acholi    
Maj. Gen. Julius Oketta    Acholi    
Maj. Gen. Benon Biraro    Ankore    
Maj. Gen. Jim Oweyesigire    Kigezi    
Maj. Gen. Joram Mugume    Ankore    
Maj. Gen. Levy Karuhanga    Ankore    
Maj. Gen. Nathan Mugisha    Ankore    
Maj. Gen. Rtd Mugisha Muntu    Ankore    
Maj. Gen. Rtd. Kahinda Otafiire     Ankore    
Maj. Gen. Zed Maruru    Ankore    
Maj. Gen. Joshua Masaba    Bukedi    
Maj. Gen. Ali Kiiza     Bunyoro    
Maj. Gen. Andrew Gutti    Karamoja    
Maj. Gen. James Kazini    Kasese    
Maj. Gen. Kale Kayihura    Kigezi    
Maj. Gen. Rtd. Jim Muhwezi    Kigezi    
Maj. Gen. Ali Bamuze    West Nile    
Maj. Gen. Fred Oketcho    Teso    

Brig. Fred Tolit    Acholi    
Brig. Otema Awany    Acholi    
Brig. Lucky Kidega    Acholi    
Brig. Burundi Nyamunwanisa    Ankore    
Brig. Garvas Mugyenyi    Ankore    
Brig. Geoffrey Muheesi    Ankore    
Brig. Patrick Kankiriho    Ankore    
Brig. Pecos Kutesa    Ankore    
Brig. Rtd. Nathan Katagara    Ankore    
Brig. Steven Kashaka    Ankore    
Brig. Sam Turyagyenda    Ankore    
Brig. Henry Tumukunde    Ankore    
Brig. John Mugume    Ankore    
Brig. James Mugira    Ankore    
Brig. Geoffrey Taban Kyabihende    Ankore    
Brig. Bernard Rwehururu    Ankore    
Brig. Rtd. Andrew Lutaaya Lugobe    Buganda    
Brig. Elly Kayanja    Buganda    
Brig. Hudson Mukasa    Buganda    
Brig. James Sebaggala    Buganda    
Brig. Kasirye Gwanga    Buganda    
Brig. Dr. Sam Lwanga    Buganda    
Brig. Sam Waswa    Buganda    
Brig. Sam Kawagga    Buganda    
Brig. Silver Kayemba    Buganda    
Brig. Matayo Kyaligonza    Bunyoro    
Brig. Lakara Nakibus    Karamoja    
Brig. David Wakalo    Bukedi    
Brig. George Etiang    Teso    
Brig. Charles Angina    Teso    
Brig. Clovis Kalyebala    Tooro    
Brig. Robert Rusoke    Tooro    
Brig. Hussein Ada    West Nile    
Brig. Peter Kerim    West Nile    
Brig. Timothy Sabiiti    Kigezi


0 #1 nalongo kabuye 2009-08-27 06:02
apart from having it as an emotional subject and therefore a story that would sale the newspaper, i wonder what value would this story bring to anyone who is right thinking and knows how power could be acquired and retained .

i thought this is what it has always been ! Why do we waste so much time bleating democracy when we know the reality on the ground ! common .
0 #2 Tibaijuka Charles. 2009-08-27 09:57
To My sister "nalongo kabuye" if "she" is really that!!!.We are not beasts and we really would like to know WHY someone is treating us like so.

If "nalngo kabuye" is not interested in the affairs of our country, whereby she might be one of those "raping it" of its resources, she can say whatever crap she says as this is an open discussion.
-1 #3 kambarage julius 2009-08-27 11:08
Just a vain story. So what if they are generals? Do they put food on my plate? I think you should think of stories that build our thinking. Stories that shall help us progress.

I dont think this story is useful in any way. Tribalism has no place in my life and I think you should desist from writing stories that are of no development value to your readers.

All those guys listed worked for their ranks regardless of their tribe. If some were favoured that is their 'luck' but it is well known that at that level no one is favoured. those guys put their lives on the chopping board and they survived. It was not their tribe but their blood at stake.

I want you to teach me to have that spirit in economic, political, sports, and other useful fields instead of complaining over past issues.
+1 #4 smith 2009-08-27 12:27
after such long list what are you portraying knowing the histoy of each of the names above and how they acquired these ranks should be the priority
0 #5 Kaiima 2009-08-27 12:48
Why put the retired ones? Then include the dead! By the way, is our army one institution where some people never retire from?What are the Oketchos of the 60s still doin in the Army?
0 #6 Brigadier Mwesiga 2009-08-27 17:00
You guys you forget that we belong in Africa where the army is not in a million years not a professional job.
70% of UPDF swear allegiance to General Museveni,20% to Lt col Muhoozi.So do you expect to have more than 20 Brigadiers with names like Ottunu,Ayo,Omon y!!!!!!!!! Common lets get serious.This criteria of top UPDF officer;s coming from the west will stand as long as M7 is in power. No matter how experienced, proffesional and educated the Luo Baganda Bagisu Langi are.
And if it was to change tomorrow and we have a Bukenya in state house then the Brgadiers and Generals will be the Ssali's Matovu's and Ssebbale's .
So guys lets get on with life.lets go and work hard and hope and pray that one day there will be democracy in Uganda where by everything will be proffesional.
0 #7 Tumwesigye Peter 2009-08-27 17:20
Good people-Nalongo Kabuye, Kambarage Julius not to exclude Smith, you need to appreciate that artcles are placed in the papers for information purposes among other uses. If you think it is irrelevant, you are entitled to your thinking, irrespective of its validity.

It is a myopic way of looking at things by dismissing the article as irrelevant. Have a big picture approach of things before unleashing your opinions, the article is so relevant and informative. It all depends on how you look and conceptualise issues

Bravo and good job observer
0 #8 One of Us 2009-08-27 17:46
I also thought u were going to correct the "Ankore" (Ankole) errors.

Appears simple but can water down a good piece.
0 #9 Juma Kato 2009-08-27 18:12
I get your point Kaiima . A General who retires or dies retain the tittle , but does not belong to the army anymore . Men like Ali Bamuze or Moses Ali should not be on this lest as well .

These are Amins Generals whom had their time and they messed up . Their UA is no longer with us .But maybe Field Marshal Idd Amin Dada DSO . MC . XYZ should be on it too .
0 #10 Geoffrey 2009-08-27 20:39
Juilus you and the rest of the others "we don't care as long as he/she is not putting food on my plate" are making this country the way it is. You have just confirmed the German fellow who didn't give [censored] when others were being killed. Thats why M7 & his goons will always rule this country & i bet u spend your money to go for shows like Bobi wine but you don't care what happens outside your house.
People like you are what this country has to suffer in order to achieve its goals. We have a right to know how some of these institutions are run mostly when yr man is always claiming to be the only "God" this country has seen. Therefore you & the rest who are in the 1986s born group are our failures!!
0 #11 Chris 2009-08-27 22:13
Transparency and Fairness are a prerequist for good governance absence of which is in most cases for a sinister motive and be reminded that;

Whatever happens in government affects the lives of all ugandans so KAMBEREGE and co these Generals dont have to directly put food on your table but their general conduct has a direct effect on what quality of food gets to your table,the quality of healthcare you get,the quality of education your children get the list is endlessand their conduct is much pretty determined by the methodologies used to attain those ranks and i hope these few words help the like minded Ugandans who sometimes dontknow that taxes are their money which should be distributed with their knowledge
0 #12 Teddy Kyeyune, Va, USA 2009-08-27 22:26
I am pleased to go through this list of high ranking army officers. Some people say that Uganda is still a military dictatorship. Anyone aspiring to become President has to have a military connection and base. The fact that many of these high ranking officers come from Ankore which makes up less than 10% of the Uganda Population (2002 census) reveals a lot about tribalism in Uganda. But remember that power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely.
0 #13 Charles Tanner 2009-08-28 04:59
Nalongo Kabuye is so dissapointing and very annoying.I kindly ask her to learn to "think big". Are you now emotional after reading this? I think your problem is 'difficulty to come to terms with facts and reality'

Well if you were happy at first that we did not know, so sorry that now we know-that you and all the others who think like you are supporting the management of this country the way you manage your twins-if you did not just inherit the 'nalongo' name.

And you sir of the "food on the Plate fame", thanks so much for that patriotism! is all i can say to you.
0 #14 Kasolo ka Rusoke 2009-08-28 07:33
am pleased with yo arguments but note; this country belongs to everyone of us, why would a few individuals rip us off? do believe the defence budget is financed far more than health and agric our economy backbone?, huh, what say ye,Nalongo, kambarage, julius and "one of us"?
0 #15 Agaba 2009-08-28 08:06
Now that you wanted to give some data about ranks in the army. Try to make a list e.g. like that for Amins period and Obotte II then we will make comparisons or list for us composition of our neghbouring countries.

Other wise why include Zed Maruru i think he was under Obote II and then Lutwa and is no longer serving.
0 #16 Juma Kato 2009-08-28 10:30
You should follow up the requests and complete the job that you started . Remove all the Rds / retired ) men from this list and give us the names of active serving Officers of UPDF .

If possible , tell your readers what these army officers do as of today . I am not sure that you can get correct information on everyones military background , but since UPDF`s main argument for these questionable promotions is mainly about "historical " connections ,it would be relevant to write some biography behind some of these big names .

For example , what historical reason makes Ali Bamuze a non-retired General when Matayo Kyaligonza is just a Brig ?

Is Brig. Kyaligonza not a retired Officer by the way ?

Was Moses Ali not promoted to General so that he could retire ?

I think that more clarifications are required .

Anyway , this is Ugandas kind of a story . We are very poor at keeping records .
0 #17 Bua Atyeno 2009-08-28 10:58
By picking up on this petition, The Observer should have lived to its usually high standards and provided facts but ended up with slanted story, then went on to correct after readers saw the obvious error tilted to influence public opinion.

Even the correction is full of errors;

-General Aronda Nyakairima is not from Ankole but Rukungiri, so as Muhwezi, he is Mukiga.

-Maj.Gen. Francis Okello is a Langi from Minakulu in Oyam District, not an Acholi.
-Maj.Gen. Joshua Masaba is a Mugisu, not Jopadhola or Mudama from 'Bukedi'.

-Maj. Gen. Fred Oketcho is not from Teso but Mudama from Tororo.

-Brig. Sam Turyagenda is a Mukiga, not from Ankole.
-Brig. Bernard Rwehururu is from Kabale, therefore a Mukiga, not 'Ankore'.

-Brig Henry Tumukunde even stood for CA Rubabo, in Rukungiri. How does that make him from 'Ankore'?

-And why forget Brig Dr James Makumbi (Army MP, Buganda) or Maj. Gen. Emilio Mondo (Uganda Veterans Board Chief) who is from West Nile?

See what I mean by sloppy journalism?

-1 #18 Bua Atyeno 2009-08-28 11:41
It was first of all the The Observer which picked the petition story, amplified and slanted it in a way meant to influence public opinion.

This paper is usually the best in factual reporting but on this I was disappointed. They only made the corrections after the readers made comments and some people complained.

Still, even the corrected version is still full of errors:

1-Gen. Aronda Nyakairima is a Mukiga from Rukungiri, not from Ankole.

2-Maj. Gen. Francis Ben Okello is a Langi from Minakulu in Oyam district, not an Acholi. Not evry Okello is an Acholi!
3-Maj. Gen Joshua Masaba is a Mugisu from Bugisu, not Bukedi.

4: Maj. Gen. Frederick Alexander Oketcho is a Mudama from Bukedi, not Teso.
5: Brig. Sam Turyagyenda is a Mukiga, not from Ankole.
6: Brig. Henry Tumukunde even stood and won a CA seat in Rubabo County, Rukungiri and is a Mukiga, not from Ankole.
7: Brig. Bernard Rwehururi is from Kabale, Kigezi, not from Ankole.
8: Brig Dr. James Makumbi (Army MP, from Buganda was ommitted, so was Maj. Gen Emilio Mondo, the chief of Veterans Assistance Board (Don't think he is related to Mondo Kagonyera and is from Western; he is from West Nile!)

You can do better Observer, otherwise breaking off from The Monitor would have been in vain!
0 #19 Nestor 2009-08-28 14:11
Brigadier Etiang is not from Teso. He only group up under a good Teso family.

Maj General Masaba is a Mugisu or Mumasaba from Bugisu.

Maj General Okecho is not from Teso,he is a Jap from Tororo.

The two Generals are Passive Not active, Probably on KATEBE or KAMEEME .
0 #20 Rev Amos Kasibante 2009-08-28 16:09
The many errors that readers have pointed out should put the author and editorial to shame. It is sloppy journalism, as one comment suggests, to have so many errors in the article and damages the paper's credibility.
0 #21 DAVID 2009-08-28 19:51

Maj Gen Joshua Masaba is the Presidential Adviser on Airforce and also Commandant of the Airforce Training School at Nakasongola while Maj Gen Fred Oketcho is the Chairman of the Army Tender and Contracts Committee.I doubt whether these positions are a manifestation of the "katebe or kameeme" as you highlighted.
0 #22 DAVID 2009-08-28 20:14
Juma Kato

Am glad that this paper particularly this topic has put to shame some phoney intelligesia like you who in the previous edition jotted blatant lies about generals in Ankole vis-a-vis the other regions particularly Buganda,that a Brigadier isn't a general and the rank of Andrew Lutaaya.

Thus,this should be an eye opener to you and your ilk in a sense that before you blog your "facts" first make research instead of mere engaging in rumour-mongerin g.
0 #23 DAVID 2009-08-28 20:55
Rev Amos Kasibante

To err is human,to forgive is devine.I don't see the reason why you should apply a sledge hammer on this paper as per the errors in this story and then apply kid-gloves on the same paper on issues pertaining to the Buganda Question particularly the much hyped "federo" which it twists in a bid to mesmerise the Mengo elite in addition to your likes particularly Semujju's column!!!!!!!.C ome to talk of double-standard s
0 #24 Juma Kato 2009-08-29 08:32
David ,its your wrord against mine .While its true that in the British and USA armies , a Brigadier is considered a General i.e . Brig. Gen . in Uganda army , a Brig. is NOT a General . I dont think that I need to tell you that in the army , ranks are displayed on uniforms . But maybe , I should tell you that all GENERALS ( in Uganda ) have swords as part of the pips . Brigadiers in UPDF dont wear swords , so they are not Generals. Besides , details are very important in army culture ,which means that if all these Brigadiers were indeed Generals, they would be listed under their full tittles ,e.g Brig. Gen. Andrew Lutaaya . Its not rumour-mongerin g to say that the list above does separate Generals from non-Generals .

If you want to prove that you are a better intelligesia than everybdody here , you should probably tell the writer of list that he got the tittles wrong . I can detect that you are very clever that way .
0 #25 Juma Kato 2009-08-29 08:46
Amos Kasibante was speaking about the errors that everyone, including your almighty has noted.

Is it not an editorial error to "hype federo".If , for example , Ssemujju wrote that DAVID is one of elites in Mengo that are agitating for federo , I am sure that Rev. Kasibante would be within his readers rights to ask for a correction .

Did you use a sledge hammer when you pointed out that there were errors ? Are you not becoming too clever , David ?
0 #26 dixon 2009-08-29 08:48
This list is just pointless.
0 #27 anon 2009-08-30 09:19
To many leaders the message has been got, regardless of any mistakes,the army structure is by an ethinic clique, so professionalism is compromised and future leaders have a job at hand to address this incosistency.
0 #28 K. Paddy Banya 2009-08-30 09:31
Make a simple assumption that we live without Generals, would any of you guys very concerned about the origins of the Generals cease to be?? What about if all the Generals were Lt. Colonels, would you not eat at your places??

How many wives and children has a General that any fertile Ugandan cannot get?? Do you all know the Mechanism used to make people Generals?? Have you ever known what combatants do to earn themselves the ranks they earn??

By the way, did you ever think what being a General means?? Do you know that it could mean General(ly) tired, before they are re-tired?? And do you know that a Captain means a leader!!?? And that a Warrant Officer in the UPDF is more prestigious than being a Colonel??

Anyway, what is the value of showing the whole world where Generals in Uganda's UPDF come from?? Style up Observer, we dont need these records. What we need to know is whether some of these Generals are not Ugandans, then we can riot!!

But as a matter of fact, all the places mentioned are with in the Square Kilometers that make up Uganda, whether Nkore(Nkole), Bukedi, Kigezi, I am a Ugandan, and I don't, mind anybody being a General if they fit the position.

May be next time show us the undeserving Generals! Stop thinking in a Tribalistic format. It is the backward, the lazy and the redundant who begin thinking along that line. At least it should not be people in Observer!

Think about climate change, food prices, floods to come, the drunken youth, and how they can be helped, the tradeers in Owino, and how they can expand, elections in 2010, education improvement, Social Security of the workers, technological advancement, name them; not the nonsense about the Number of Generals Uganda has.

You are exposing Uganda's Military secrets to possible enemy countries (if there are any). I am in Germany, but I can see the secrets of the country's military. What a mess!!!
0 #29 Rev Amos Kasibante 2009-08-30 14:21
Thanks, Juma Kato, for seeing the point about the errors. It is because I (want to) hold this paper in high esteem that I believe care should have been taken to avoid the blatant errors, which in fact undermine and would be used by the paper's detractors to question its credibility.

We need to exercise our minds in 'critical loyalty' in order to avoid subjectivism, which is one of the pitfalls of Ugandan society.

And anyway, where do I 'hype' federo? I give absolute loyalty only to God and will never give unquestioning or uncritical loyalty to any political system.

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