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The Accredited TOP 15 Most Admired and Inspiring Ugandans as of 1st August 2019

The Accredited TOP 15 Most Admired and Inspiring Ugandans as of 1st August 2019.

Uganda is a country located in East Africa on the African Continent. The country has an estimated population of 41 Million People. The country as witnessed relative peace and stability in all parts since the current Government of President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni captured state power in 1986 after leading a five years successful protracted liberation struggle.

A survey was conducted to determine 15 Most Admired and Inspiring personalities in Uganda.

The survey was conducted between January 2019 and July 2019.

The survey was conducted by Public Opinions International. Public Opinions is a field based firm working towards attainment of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals through;

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Below are the photos and profiles of the Top 15 Most Admired and Inspiring Ugandans.

 The Accredited TOP 15 Most Admired and Inspiring Ugandans as of 1st August 2019.

HER ROYAL HIGHNESS SYLVIA NAGGINDA                         

Voted by the people of Uganda and Accredited among the Top15 Most Admired and Inspiring Ugandans, August 2019

Her Royal Highness Sylvia Nagginda (born 9 November 1964) is the current Nnabagereka or Queen of Buganda, a historic kingdom in modern-day Uganda.

Nagginda was born in England in 1964 to John Mulumba Luswata of Nkumba, Entebbe and Rebecca Nakintu Musoke and returned to Uganda shortly thereafter to be raised by her grandparents of the Omusu Clan. She is the granddaughter of George William Musoke and Nora Musoke of Nnazigo, Kyaggwe, and Omutaka Nelson Nkalubo Sebugwawo and Catherine Sebugwawo of Nkumba. She has three brothers and three sisters. Sylvia attended Lake Victoria Primary School, in Entebbe, Gayaza Junior School, and Wanyange Girls School. After graduating from secondary school she went to the United States to continue her studies. She earned an associate degree with honours from City University of New York, a Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University, and a Master of Arts degree with Distinction in Mass Communication from the New York Institute of Technology.

Sylvia went on to work as a Public Information Officer and Research Consultant at the United Nations headquarters in New York, as a proposal writer with Maximus Inc., and as an independent consultant in public relations and business development with various firms. She has applied her skills in fields such as public information, economic research, health care and human services, and international non-profit activities. She is one of the founders of the African Queens and Women Cultural Leaders Network, whose primary focus is the “improvement of the lives of women and children in Africa”. Collaborating organizations include the African Union, the United Nations, and African governments.

The Nnaabagereka supports the Kabaka’s Education Fund in assisting to make education available to the least advantaged children through a scholarship scheme. She stresses the need for high quality education accessible to all children and relevant to the needs of society.

The Nnabagereka places special emphasis on the education of girls, as witnessed through her work as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNFPA, advocating for girls’ education; She is also involved with the Forum for African Women Educationalists an organization whose goal is to accelerate female participation in education and to bridge the gender gap within the education system at all levels. The Nnabagereka is very cautious about the cultural values that make a good mother or woman in Buganda, but stresses that these should be handled in such a way that girls are not denied any opportunity in education.

As Queen, Sylvia has worked to raise awareness of the value of educating girls. She endorses abstinence from premarital sex to avoid HIV/AIDS and has tried to reduce the stigma of those living with the disease. The Queen is the patron of various organizations and heads the Nnaabagereka Development Trust Foundation. She has also spearheaded immunization campaigns against measles, polio, tetanus, and other diseases. She also established the Kampala Ballet and Modern Dance School, the first of its kind in Uganda.

After living in the United States for 18 years, Sylvia returned to Uganda. In 1998 she became romantically involved with her long-time acquaintance Muwenda Mutebi II of Buganda. Their engagement was announced on 14 February 1999. On 27 August of that year, she married the King at St. Paul’s Cathedral on Namirembe Hill, becoming the first queen of Buganda in fifty years. On 4 July 2001 in London, the Queen delivered her first child, Princess Katrina Sarah Ssangalyambogo, which means “buffalo’s horn”. She is also step-mother to the King’s other children like Prince Jjunju and Prince Ssemakokiro.

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LT GEN MUHOOZI KAINERUGABA

Voted by the people of Uganda and Accredited among the Top15 Most Admired and Inspiring Ugandans, August 2019

Lt General Muhoozi Kainerugaba is a Senior Presidential Adviser for Special Operations since 2017.

Muhoozi Kainerugaba was born on 24th April 1974. He is a Ugandan military officer. He is a Lieutenant General in the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) and was the commander of the Special Forces Group, which contains the unit known as Presidential Guard Brigade responsible for providing security to the President of Uganda  from 2008 to 2017. The Special Forces Group is also responsible for providing security at Uganda’s oil installations.

He is married to Charlotte Nankunda Kutesa, and together they have 3 children,

As a child, Kainerugaba attended schools in Tanzania, Mount Kenya Academy in Nyeri Kenya and Sweden. After his father became President of Uganda, he attended Kampala Parents School, King’s College Budo for a while and St. Mary’s College Kisubi, a residential middle and high school, located approximately halfway between Kampala and Entebbe. He graduated in 1994.

He was later admitted to Egyptian Military Academy where he took both the company and battalion commanders courses. He also attended the Kalama Armoured Warfare Training School, in Kabamba, Mubende District, Central Uganda.In 2007 he was admitted to a one-year course at the United States Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, graduating in June 2008.Following that, he successfully completed the Executive National Security Programme at the South African National Defence College.

He attended a military training at Sandhurst graduating in 2000. Upon his return to Uganda from Sandhurst in 2000, Kainerugaba was assigned to the Presidential Protection Unit as a second lieutenant. In 2001, he was promoted to the rank of major in the UPDF.As a major, he became a Brigade Commander in the Presidential Guard Brigade. Following his graduation from Fort Leavenworth in 2008, he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel and appointed Commander of the Special Forces Group in the Uganda People’s Defence Force. On 16 May 2016 he was promoted to the rank of Major General by President Museveni.

Museveni moved Muhoozi to the post of Senior Presidential Adviser for Special Operations on 10 January 2017. In February 2019, he was promoted from the rank of Major General to Lieutenant General, in a military promotions exercise that involved more than 2,000 UPDF men and women.

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DR PRINCE KASSIM NAKIBINGE

Voted by the people of Uganda and Accredited among the Top15 Most Admired and Inspiring Ugandans, August 2019

Prince Kassim NAKIBINGE is the TITULAR HEAD of the Muslims in Uganda.

Kassim Nakibinge is a businessman and Bank executive.

He was born in 1966. His father is Badru Kakungulu who died 1991. He is a paternal uncle to Muwenda Mutebi II, the reigning King of the Great Kingdom of Buganda.

He studied at Kabojja Preparatory School and Savio Junior School for his primary education. He attended St. Mary’s College Kisubi for his O-Level studies, and Kibuli Secondary School for his A-Level education. He was admitted at the United States International University in San Diego, California to study business administration, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in business administration. He pursued postgraduate education at the University of Wales in Cardiff, graduating with a Master of Business Administration degree, majoring in finance.In 2014, the University of Lahore in Pakistan bestowed upon him an honorary Doctor of Philosophy degree in recognition of his contribution to the promotion of the education of Muslims in Uganda

In 1989, he joined the Bank of Uganda as a banking officer, working there until he retired in 2005 as a senior principal banking officer. He then joined Tropical Bank as an acting managing director and he later served as an Executive Managing Director, resigning from that institution in 2013.In February 2016, he was appointed Managing Director at Cairo International Bank.

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PROF EMMANUEL TUMUSIIME MUTEBILE

Voted by the people of Uganda and Accredited among the Top15 Most Admired and Inspiring Ugandans, August 2019

Prof.Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile is the Governor Bank of Uganda.

He is a Ugandan economist and banker. He is the governor of the Bank of Uganda, the central bank of Uganda. He was first appointed to that position on 1 January 2001 and was re-appointed for a second five-year term on 1 January 2006. In December 2015, he was re-appointed for a fourth five-year term, effective 12 January 2016.

Prof Tumusiime-Mutebile attended Kigezi College Butobere for his O-Level studies (grades S1-S4).He then attended Makerere College School in Kampala for his A-Level studies (grades S5-S6).In 1970, he entered Makerere University, where he was elected Guild President of the university Students’ Guild.

He was forced to flee Uganda in 1972 after he gave a speech publicly criticizing the expulsion of Asians from the country by Idi Amin then President of Uganda. He fled to England via Tanzania, and was able to finish his studies at Durham University, graduating with an upper-second in Economics and Politics. In October 1974, he began his post-graduate studies at Balliol College, Oxford, before returning to East Africa. He entered the University of Dar es Salaam to lecture and conduct research while pursuing his doctorate in economics. In 2009, Nkumba University, a private university based in Nkumba near Entebbe, awarded him an honorary Doctor of Philosophy degree in recognition of his “Great Contribution towards the development of Uganda’s financial sector.

Between the year 1979 and 1984, Tumusiime-Mutebile was appointed to several government positions in Uganda ranging from deputy principal secretary to the president at State House in 1979, to undersecretary in the ministry of planning in 1981 where he rose to senior economist and then chief economist in 1984. In 1992, he was appointed permanent secretary to the newly combined Ministry of Finance Planning & Economic Development, a merger that he had advocated while working under Minister of Finance under Hon Gerald Ssendaula.

He is the longest serving chief executive in the Bank of Uganda’s history.He is credited with many of the sound economic policies adopted by the Uganda government at the urging of the central bank during the 1990s and the first decade of the 2000s.

Since 2006, he has been a visiting professor in the Department of Economics at Makerere University, the oldest and largest university in Uganda. Tumusiime-Mutebile is the chancellor of the International University of East Africa, a private university established in 2011, with an urban campus in Kampala, Uganda’s capital.

He won the 2014 Pearl of Africa Lifetime Achievement Award (PALITA AWARD) offered by Public Opinions International www.publicopinions.net

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H.E RTD GENERAL YOWERI KAGUTA MUSEVENI

Voted by the people of Uganda and Accredited among the Top15 Most Admired and Inspiring Ugandans, August 2019

H.E Rtd General Yoweri  Kaguta Museveni is the President of the Republic of Uganda.

General Yoweri Kaguta Museveni became President of the Republic of Uganda on January 29, 1986 after leading a successful five-year liberation struggle. He went to the bush with 26 other young men and organised the National Resistance Movement and National Resistance Army (NRM/NRA) to oppose the tyranny that previous regimes had unleashed upon the population.

The push for Kampala started on January 17th from different parts of the central region. While General Salim Saleh was the field commander, Museveni was the overall commander. They captured power on 26th January, 1986.

After victory, he formed a broad-based government that helped to unite the country’s political groups. Previous to the struggle of 1981-1986, Museveni had been one of the leaders in the anti-Amin resistance of 1971-1979 that had led to the fall of that monstrous regime.

Museveni, who has been politically active since his student days at Ntare School, Mbarara, in South West Uganda, studied political science at the University of Dar es Salaam, graduating in 1970 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Political Science.

After Idi Amin’s coup in 1971, Museveni was instrumental in forming FRONASA (the Front for National Salvation). Fronasa made up the core of one of the Ugandan fighting groups which, together with the Tanzanian People’s Defence Forces, ousted Amin’s regime in April 1979.

After victory, he formed a broad-based government that helped to unite the country’s political groups.

Previous to the struggle of 1981-1986, Museveni had been one of the leaders in the anti-Amin resistance of 1971-1979 that had led to the fall of that monstrous regime.

The NRA was unique in Africa In the governments that succeeded Amin, Museveni served briefly as Minister of Defence, Minister of Regional Co-operation and Vice-Chairman of the Military Commission. In December 1980, the country’s first general elections in 20 years were held but they

were rigged by Milton Obote’s Uganda People’s Congress party. During the election campaign, Museveni had warned that if the elections were rigged,

he would fight Obote’s regime and on February 6, 1981, he launched the guerrilla struggle. He went to the bush with only 26 guns and organised the National Resistance Army (NRA) to oppose the tyranny that

Obote’s regime had unleashed upon the population. The NRA (now renamed the Uganda People’s Defence Forces) is unique in Africa for being the only guerrilla force to take over power without much external support and without having a rear base in a neighbouring country. Its main camps were based only 20 miles from the capital, Kampala. This demonstrated how the NRA leadership was, in extremely difficult circumstances, capable of achieving sophisticated levels of organisational discipline and techniques for managing both soldiers and civilians.

Early Political Awareness

Yoweri Kaguta Museveni was born in 1944 during the Second World War and his name was taken from the Abaseveni, who were Ugandan servicemen in the Seventh Regiment of the King’s African Rifles into which many Ugandans had been drafted.

He was born in a peasant pastoralist background in Ankole, western Uganda. As the peasants in his home area were nomads, their children did not go to school and modern ideas about animal husbandry, hygiene and health care did not percolate through to them.

In addition, they were exploited and oppressed by land policies, such as ranching schemes, which displaced them from their traditional lands. Such policies were instituted by the British colonialists and supported by local collaborator chiefs and, later, by neo-colonialist independence politicians.

Owing to his background and his early determination to fight against political and social injustices, Museveni decided, in 1966, to lead a campaign mobilising the peasants in northern Ankole to fence their land and refuse to vacate it. The campaign was largely successful and his political awareness and activity became more focused during the three years (1967 to 1970) he spent at the University of Dar es Salaam. His wide reading covered Fanon, Lenin, Marx, Rodney, Mao, as well as liberal Western thinkers like Galbraith. These writers shaped his intellectual and political outlook.

Compared to other universities in the region, Dar es Salaam had a very good, progressive atmosphere which gave the students a chance to become familiar with pan-Africanist and anti-colonialist ideas. This was due to the Pan-Africanist views and policies of Mwalimu Julius Nyerere, the President of Tanzania. Nevertheless, many professors and lecturers were right wing in their views and this often brought them into conflict with the radical students.

The dissatisfaction with the stance of the lecturers in 1967 led Museveni, Eriya Kategaya, James Wapakhabulo, Joseph Mulwanyamuli Ssemwogerere, John Kawanga, all from Uganda, Charles Kileo and Salim Msoma from Tanzania, Kapote Mwakasungura from Malawi, Adam Marwa and Patrick Quoro also from Tanzania, John Garang from Sudan, Andrew Shija from Tanzania, and many students from other African countries, to form a self-help ideological study and activist group known as the University Students African Revolutionary Front (USARF) . Every Sunday they would hold a class, invite speakers of their choice, enrich their ideas about the evolution of society, and discuss topics dealing with the production and distribution of wealth.

USARF was composed of students from Kenya, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda and Museveni was elected its chairman for the whole time he was at the university. USARF identified closely with African liberation movements, especially Frelimo in Mozambique, which the Front supported, for instance, by producing pamphlets for their publicity work. Other members of USARF were to become politically active and influential both in Uganda and elsewhere in Africa.

Pragmatic, Nationalist Politician

Although President Museveni is a man with very strong convictions, his political vision on how to lay a foundation for reconciliation and national harmony enabled him to accommodate ideas that were often opposed to his. One of his greatest contributions to the politics of Uganda, therefore, has been to spearhead a policy of reconciliation after two decades of social and political turmoil. Under his leadership, the Movement government has ended the vicious circle of vengeance and hatred that had ruined the country. People from different tribes, religions and political allegiances can now co-exist in harmony.

He accepts this heterogeneity as a matter of course because it mirrors the social spectrum of Ugandan society. He formed a broad-based government and demonstrated to Ugandans that although they had different political, social and religious backgrounds, they had a lot in common and a common destiny, contrary to the divide-and-rule tactics previous politicians had used to fragment Ugandan society.

He took pains to explain that the typical Third World problems of poverty, illiteracy, disease and general backwardness had nothing to do with one’s religion or ethnic origin. The NRM’s guiding Ten-Point Programme, which was debated and agreed upon under his chairmanship in 1984 during the bush war, basically set out to redress the political and social wrongs that were inflicted on the Ugandan people for two-and-a- half decades. He says: “The National Resistance Movement has an unwavering commitment to the respect of human rights and the sanctity of life. We waged a protracted war against tyranny on a platform of restoring personal freedoms and the amelioration of the socio-economic conditions of our people – that is the cornerstone of our programme.”

He has typically taken a very independent political stand and says: “We take from every system what is best for us and we reject what is bad for us. We do not judge the economic programmes of other nations because we believe that each nation knows best how to address the needs of its people. The NRM is neither pro-West nor pro-East – it is pro-Uganda”.

In July 1990, President Museveni was elected the Chairman of the Organisation of African Unity for the year 1990/91. As he said in his acceptance speech, this was a vote of confidence in the efforts of the National Resistance Movement to build a just society with a democratic and economically viable future for the nation. The general consensus both at home and abroad, however, was that his election was a vote of confidence in the man himself. It showed that after only four-and-a-half years in office, he was already an international statesman of considerable standing.

A new Constitution for Uganda

When the National Resistance Movement came to power in 1986, it started working methodically towards taking Uganda back to the constitutional road from which it had been diverted by past regimes. A Constitutional Commission was instituted to gather views from Ugandans throughout the whole country. After two years’ work traversing the whole country gathering the people’s views, the Commission produced a report from which a draft constitution was extracted. A Constituent Assembly was elected and tasked to debate, enact and promulgate a new constitution.

When the Constituent Assembly was opened on May 18, 1994, President Museveni challenged the delegates: “We must ensure that our political institutions spring from our social structure. If we are to develop, we must evolve institutional models which will liberate us from our backwardness. We must modernise our societies and lay the foundation for industrialisation. We cannot modernise, industrialise or develop without creating an appropriate institutional framework within which to work. It is the historic responsibility of this Constituent Assembly to set our country on the path to development and prosperity.”

Although the law entitled him, as President, to address the Constituent Assembly on any issue he wished, he deliberately refused to influence the proceedings. As a result, no individual or political faction can dub the new constitution a ‘Museveni’ document. This was a great contribution to the constitution-making process.

Delegates arrived at decisions either by consensus or majority vote. However, he advised delegates to combine flexibility on contentious issues by distinguishing between subjective demands and the objective realities that faced the country. The process culminated in the promulgation of a new constitution on October 8, 1995. Museveni says: “The NRM has been like a political doctor trying to solve the problems of Uganda. In order to treat a disease, however, you must, first of all, diagnose the illness.” Ugandans agree that the new constitution went a long way towards healing the political and social ills from which Uganda had suffered since independence. It also laid a firm foundation for the stability of the country for generations to come.

First Directly Elected President

In 1996, Museveni offered himself as a candidate for President in the first general elections since the abortive attempt of 1980. Two other candidates, including Paulo Ssemwogerere, the veteran opposition leader who had

been a minister in the NRM government for 10 years, opposed him. Museveni won a landslide victory – with more than 75% of the vote – and became the first directly elected President in the history of Uganda. Uganda has since had five Presidential elections, in 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 and 2016 and an equal number of parliamentary and local elections.

Museveni inherited an economy that was totally collapsed. He, however, enjoyed the support of the international community in order to revitalize it. Museveni initiated economic policies designed to combat key problems such as hyperinflation and the balance of payments.

The infrastructure is far better than he found it, new schools and universities have been constructed, communication has improved 100 fold just like the banking and industrial sectors.

 Museveni has initiated dramatic programmes that are destined to transform the lives of Ugandans forever. Grassroots-based programmes in health, safe water provision and mass education have replaced the colonial and post-colonial programmes that did not address the needs of the majority of Ugandans. Under his leadership, the government has registered monumental landmarks in Agriculture; Operation Wealth Creation, Emancipation of Women, Tourism, Democracy, Peace and Stability, and Water and Sanitation.

Museveni is married to Janet Kataha. They have four children and many grandchildren.

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GENERAL JEJE ODONGO

Voted by the people of Uganda and Accredited among the Top15 Most Admired and Inspiring Ugandans, August 2019

General Haji Abubaker Jeje Odongo a Senior Military Officer and Minister of Internal Affairs in the Cabinet of Uganda since June 2016. Previously he served as Minister of State for Defence from February 2009 to June 2016

Jeje Odongo was born in Amuria District in Teso sub-region in Eastern Uganda. He attended secondary school at Ngora High School.He entered the Ugandan army in 1979. He is one of the original twenty seven combatants who, together with Yoweri Kaguta Museveni attacked Kabamba Military Barracks in February 1981 to start the NRA Protracted Bush War, a guerrilla war that lasted from February 1981 until April 1986 when the Tyrannical Regimes of Milton Obote and Lutwa fell. Jeje Odongo was captured soon after the first NRA operation and was imprisoned in Luzira Maximum Security Prison.

In 1994, Jeje Odongo was one of the Ten Army Officers who represented the Ugandan military in the Constituent Assembly that drafted the 1995 Ugandan Constitution. In 1996, he was selected to replace Colonel Sserwanga Lwanga as the Political Commissar in the Uganda People’s Defense Force (UPDF). Also in 1996, he contested the Parliamentary Seat for Amuria District in the Ugandan Parliament. He won and was appointed as Minister of Defence soon after he entered parliament.

In 1998, he resigned his parliamentary seat and his cabinet position and was appointed Commander of the Army(The Uganda People’s Defense Forces) taking over from Major General Mugisha Muntu. He served as army commander until 2001, when he was replaced by Major General James Kazini. In 2001, he was appointed as Minister without Portfolio, a position he occupied until 2004. In 2004 while at the rank of Lieutenant General, Jeje Odongo was appointed as Minister of State for the Environment.

Between 2001 and 2006, he was one of 10 senior UPDF officers who represented the Ugandan Military in the 8th Ugandan Parliament. In May 2008, Jeje Odongo graduated with the degree of Master of Arts in International Relations and Diplomacy from Nkumba University. On 16 February 2009, he was promoted to General by H.E General Yoweri Kaguta Museveni the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces and appointed Minister of State for Defence. After seven years in that post, he was instead appointed as Minister of Internal Affairs in the cabinet list announced on 6 June 2016 by H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni President of the Republic of Uganda.

General Odongo is a patriotic Military Officers who love his country and he continue to be loyal to H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces and President of the Republic of Uganda.

As the Minister of Internal Affairs, Gen Jeje Odongo as worked tirelessly to ensure coordination amongst all security agencies as well as Institutions under the mandate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. He has fought illegal acquisition of Uganda passports by foreigners.

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DR SUDHIR RUPARELIA

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Dr Sudhir Ruparelia is the Chairman of Ruparelia Group. Dr Sudhir Ruparelia was born on 17th January 1956. He is a Ugandan business magnate and investor. He is the chairman and majority of the Ruparelia Group.His investments are mainly in the areas of banking, insurance, education, broadcasting, real estate, floriculture, hotels, and resorts.

According to Forbes in 2015, he was the 27th wealthiest individual in Africa, with an estimated net worth of US$800 million.

Ruparelia was born in Kabatoro in Kasese District in the Western Region of Uganda to an upper-middle-class Indian Gujarati family. His great-grandfather reached Mombasa, Kenya in 1897 from India and set up a trading store there before coming to Uganda in 1903. His grandfather was born in Uganda in 1918 and his father in 1932.

Ruparelia has two sisters and one brother. He attended Bat Valley Primary School in Kampala, from P1 to P6, then Jinja Main Street Primary School in Jinja for P7 and Jinja Secondary School. In 1971, he joined Kololo Senior Secondary School.

He moved to the United Kingdom with his parents in 1972 at the age of 16, when the dictator Idi Amin expelled all Asians from Uganda.

He returned to Uganda in 1985, with US$25,000 earned from several casual jobs including working in supermarkets, factories, and butcheries. Ruparelia started selling beer and spirits imported from Kenya.

In 1989, beer importation was banned to encourage local brewing of alcohol and he realised he could not make beer. But since his customers, who were mainly foreigners, paid him in foreign currency, he started Crane Forex Bureau, the first in Uganda. With his profits, Ruparelia ventured into other businesses, including forming Crane Bank in 1995.

Later, he organized his businesses under the umbrella of the Ruparelia Group.

Ruparelia is married to Jyotsna, and they have three children: Meera (married to Ravi Kotecha in 2014) is the eldest, Rajiv is his only son, and Sheena is the younger daughter. Meera and Rajiv hold senior positions in the conglomerate.

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HIS MAJESTY RONALD MUWENDA MUTEBI

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His Majesty Ronald Edward Frederick Kimera Muwenda Mutebi II was born on 13th April 1955. He is the reigning King of the Kingdom of Buganda, a constitutional Kingdom in modern-day Uganda. He is the 36th Kabaka of Buganda.

He was born at the Mulago Hospital, Kampala. He is the son of Edward Frederick William David Walugembe Mutebi Luwangula Muteesa II, Kabaka of Buganda, who reigned between 1939 and 1969.

His mother was Nabakyala Sarah Nalule, Omuzaana Kabejja, of the Nkima clan.

He was educated at Budo Junior School, King’s Mead School in Sussex and Bradfield College which is a public school in West Berkshire in United Kingdom. He then entered Magdalene College, Cambridge, where he read social anthropology.  At the age of 11, he was appointed as Heir Apparent by his father on 6 August 1966. While in exile with his father, he reportedly worked as a double-glazing salesman in the United Kingdom and as a journalist, was an Associate Editor of the magazine African Concord and a member of the Executive Committee of the African National Congress (ANC) in London. On 21st November 1969, upon the death of his father, he succeeded as the Head of the Royal House of Buganda.

He returned to Uganda in 1988, following the removal of the Obote II regime and the military junta that briefly replaced Obote II. He was proclaimed at Buddo on 24th July 1993 upon the restoration of the Ugandan Kingdoms. On 31st July 1993, he was crowned at Buddo. He assumed the style of “His Majesty”.

Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II is married to one wife since 27th August 1999. The official title of the Kabaka’s wife is the Nnabagereka. Her full name and title is Sylvia Nagginda, the Nnabagereka, daughter of John Mulumba Luswaata of Nkumba, Kyaddondo, a member of the Omusu clan and Rebecca Nakintu Musoke. She is the granddaughter of George William Musoke and Nora Musoke of Nazzigo, Kyaggwe and Omutaka Nelson Nkalubo Sebugwawo and Catherine Sebugwawo of Nkumba. The royal wedding was held at Saint Paul’s Cathedral Namirembe, in Kampala, on 27 August 1999. Together, they have one daughter, Sarah Katrina Mirembe Ssangalyambogo Nachwa, born on 4th July 2001 in London, United Kingdom.

The children of Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II include the following:

  1. Prince (Kiweewa) Jjunju Suuna, whose mother is Vénantie Sebudandi. He was born in London, United Kingdom, in 1986. He attended King’s College, Budo before moving to Englandfor further studies.
  2. Princess (Omumbejja) Joan Nassolo.
  3. Princess (Omumbejja) Victoria Nkinzi.
  4. Princess (Omumbejja) Katrina Sarah Kirabo Ssangalyambogo. She was born in London, UK, on 4th July 2001. She is an excellent swimmer and has won awards at competitions in East Africa, within her age group.
  5. Prince (Omulangira) Richard Ssemakookiro, born in July 2011. On 17 January 2012 the Katikkiro (Prime Minister) of Buganda Kingdom at that time, Engineer John Baptist Walusimbi, confirmed that Prince Ssemakookiro′s mother is a Muganda lady from the Enseenene (Grasshopper) clan.

On 15th April 2011, His Majesty Ronald Muwenda Mutebi was installed as the first chancellor of Muteesa I Royal University. The university was founded in 2007 and named in memory of Muteesa I of Buganda, in recognition of his foresight in promoting education in Buganda and Uganda and of his superior diplomatic skills in juggling the influences of the British, the French, and the Arabs in the late 1800s. As the head of the Buganda kingdom, he owns Nkuluze Trust, which runs the following kingdom properties: Buganda Land Board, which is responsible for kingdom land and other land matters, K2 Telecom, which is a telecommunication company, BBS Television, which is a kingdom TV, CBS FM, Majestic Brands, which deals in selling royal products, Ngule beer in collaboration with Uganda Breweries Ltd, Muganzirwazza Plaza, a commercial building in Katwe, a suburb of the Ugandan capital Kampala, Masengere building another building, which also houses Kingdom Television.

He is the Patron and Chief of the Trustee Buganda Cultural and Development Foundation [BUCADEF] (since 1996).

He is the Patron of; Kabaka Foundation,Buganda Development Agency (BDA).

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RT HON AMAMA MBABAZI

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The Rt Hon John Patrick Amama Mbabazi is the Former Prime Minister of the Republic of Uganda. He was born on 16th January 1949. He is a Ugandan politician who served as the ninth Prime Minister of Uganda from 24 May 2011 to 19 September 2014. He played an instrumental role in Uganda’s protracted liberation struggle from several tyrannical governments (1972-1986) and is a founding member of the National Resistance Movement, the ruling political party in Uganda led by H.E General Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

Mbabazi served as the Member of Parliament for the Kinkiizi West constituency in Kanungu District, a position held from 1996 until 2016.

He was born in Mparo Village, Rukiga County, in present-day Kabale District  on 16th January 1949. He attended two of the most prominent educational institutions in Uganda during both the colonial and post-colonial periods (Kigezi College Butobere for his high school education and Ntare School for his A-Levels). Mbabazi earned a Bachelor of Laws from Makerere University. He received a postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Center in Kampala. He is an Advocate of the Courts of Judicature of Uganda and has been a member of the Uganda Law Society since 1977.

Before joining politics, he worked as a state attorney in the Attorney General’s Chambers from 1976 to 1978, rising to the position of secretary of the Uganda Law Council from 1977 to 1979.

Between 1986 and 1992, he served as head of the External Security Organization (ESO).

He has also served as Minister of State in the President’s Office, in charge of political affairs.

He became Secretary of the NRM/Movement Caucus in the Constituent Assembly that drafted the 1995 Uganda Constitution.

Between 1986 and 1992, he was Minister of State for Defense. He served as Minister of State for Regional Cooperation from 1998 to 2001. He was Attorney General and Minister of Justice from 2004 to 2006. He was appointed as Minister of Defense in 2005 a position he held until he was appointed as Minister of Security from February 2009 until May 2011 when he was appointed Prime Minister.

He was Secretary General of the NRM from November 2005 to January 2014.

Mbabazi’s childhood friend Ruhakana Rugunda was appointed to replace him as Prime Minister on 18 September 2014 by President Yoweri Museveni.

Mbabazi represented Uganda in international fora, including the United Nations Security Council, where he argued for the international community to allow the Uganda People’s Defense Force to pursue the Lord’s Resistance Army fighters into the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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RT HON REBECCA KADAGA

Voted by the people of Uganda and Accredited among the Top15 Most Admired and Inspiring Ugandans, August 2019

The Rt Hon Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga is the Speaker of the Parliament of Uganda since 19th May 2011. She is the first woman to be elected Speaker in the history of the Parliament of Uganda. She succeeded Rt Hon Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi who served as Speaker from 2001 to 2011. She is also the current Member of Parliament (MP) for the Kamuli District Women’s Constituency in Busoga sub-region, a position she has held since 1989.

She was born in Kamuli District, Eastern Uganda, on 24th May 1956. Rebecca Kadaga attended Namasagali College for her High School Education. She studied law at Makerere University, graduating with the degree of Bachelor of Laws (LLB) in 1978. She went on to obtain a Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Center in Kampala in 1979. In 2000, she obtained a Diploma in Women’s Law from the University of Zimbabwe. In 2003 she obtained the degree of Master of Arts (MA) specializing in Women’s Law, also from the University of Zimbabwe.

Between 1984 and 1988, she was in private law practice. From 1989 to 1996, she served as the Woman Member of Parliament for Kamuli District . She served as the Chairperson of the University Council for Mbarara University of Science and Technology between 1993 and 1996. During 1996, she served as Secretary General of the East African Women Parliamentarians Association.

From 1996 to 1998, Rebecca Kadaga was the Ugandan Minister of State for Regional Cooperation (Africa and the Middle East). She then served as Minister of State for Communication and Aviation from 1998 to 1999 and as Minister for Parliamentary Affairs from 1999 to 2000. She was elected as Deputy Speaker of Parliament in 2001, a position that she held until 19 May 2011, when she was elected Speaker of Parliament.

Following the February 2016 general election, Kadaga was unanimously re-elected as Speaker of Parliament on 19 May 2016.

Besides her duties as speaker of the Ugandan Parliament, she sits on the following parliamentary committees:

Appointments Committee – The Committee reviews all Cabinet appointments by the President, and may approve or reject an appointment: The Speaker chairs the committee

The Parliamentary Commission – The Speaker chairs the Commission

The Business Committee – The Speaker chairs the committee

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MR TAMALE MIRUNDI

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Tamale Mirundi is a Media Consultant and Former Press Secretary to H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni President of the Republic of Uganda.

Tamale Mirundi has a very interesting background. It is amazing how a young John Tamale Mirundi’s desire to become a journalist was tickled. During his Senior Three in 1980, a literature teacher at Rubaga SS told Mirundi’s class to write an imaginary story. He imagined himself as a love letter being written by a lover and sent through the post office.

“In my story, the love letter was collected by my teacher; she put it in her bra, went home, stripped herself naked and began reading the love letter as I was peeping between her legs,” recollects Mirundi. Little did he know that the assignment would throw the whole school into pandemonium after his literature teacher sent his story to the head teacher.

“The headmaster asked if I had understood the assignment,” narrates Mirundi. The school administrators were all undecided as to what they should do to this teenager. However, after days of deliberations, Tamale was forgiven but on one condition.

“I am forgiving you for one thing, that you can make a good journalist,” said the headmaster to Mirundi. This was a turning point of sorts. After this incident, he never looked back; he began off as a part time writer at Munno newspaper. He further supplemented his income by vending newspapers.

His childhood

Mirundi’s mother is not sure of his age but she thinks he was born between 1960 and 1964 in Matale village, Rakai District.

He is the ninth child of his mother. His parents are Molly Mirundi and the late Tamale Mirundi.

When tasked to explain the events that shaped him, Tamale is quick to give credit to his village. “We had cannibals and witchdoctors in our village, these are all things I witnessed firsthand,” he proudly remarks. His was a unique family in a much disciplined village. He recounts a day when nine people were killed for stealing bananas and chicken.

 “Our village never tolerated indiscipline, we had no village courts but justice still prevailed.” Mirundi talks about the various men in his village that formed the core of the values he believes in. He talks of men like Petero Nswa who was excommunicated from the Catholic Church. Nswa was a tailor. One Christmas morning, he woke up expecting to find breakfast on the table only to find out that his wife had left for prayers. Welding a stick in his hand, he headed for the church where he found his wife kneeling infront of a St Joseph statue. He hit it and broke it into pieces. He was thus summarily excommunicated by Church Leaders.

“I would go to Nswa’s house when it rained to find out whether his home used to receive rain. Even though he was deserted by the villagers, Nswa got even stronger and more authoritative.”

Mirundi also remembers men like Kasumba who many thought would die after subjecting a Catholic priest to a thorough beating having caught him red-handed with his wife. There was also Rwabuchocho who slapped his mother-in-law. Rwabuchocho gained popularity because he did not suffer for his actions.

“Because of such people, I am able to comment on many things that people fear to comment on.” Mirundi explains things with clarity. Complex issues he breaks down for the peasants. You can’t help but welcome his pithy analogies – concise and full of meaning.

Mirundi says he gets his arrogance from his mother.

“I inherited my mother’s arrogance. She always had a low opinion of many people,” says Mirundi. He adds that unlike women in Matale, his mother was not involved in rumour mongering. “My mother was a bit aloof and that’s me,” Mirundi proudly explains.

Even when he stood for MP, he rejected certain things like going to a witchdoctor or paying Catholic priests to praise him in church. The constituency voters all agreed that he was a wise young man but he seemed so detached. Perhaps, that’s why he lost the elections.

A man without close friends

Mirundi grew up differently because he claims he talked very early in his life. Many people thought his mother had produced a musambwa. He grew up a loner.

“I only befriend someone when our interests meet,” says Mirundi. Like the man for whom he has served as spokesperson for 10 years, Mirundi has no close friends and he takes independent decisions.

“There is nobody who can claim to be a close friend of mine,” he explains. He speaks in a folksy style, so characteristic of the countryside, where he was groomed.

Even though he once lost two children on the same day, this for him was not the saddest day of his life. “The day my father died hit me so hard. I admired him so much,” he says rather sadly. However, like many village bred men, his happiest day was the first time he came to Kampala in 1979.

In 1981, Mirundi impregnated a fellow student. His first son was born in the same year. This first partner of Mirundi was taken to London immediately after she delivered. Her family was very rich and to them, Mirundi was a poor person who had no future. He wishes, the same family that despised him could look where he is today and see how he has fought through all odds and finally made it.

The real Tamale Mirundi. Mirundi’s life is based on hard stuff

Compiled By Ian Ortega, Daily Monitor

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HON JANET KATAHA MUSEVENI

Voted by the people of Uganda and Accredited among the Top15 Most Admired and Inspiring Ugandans, August 2019

The Hon Janet Kataaha Museveni is the First Lady of Uganda and Minister of Sports and Education in the Cabinet of the Government of the Republic of Uganda. She was born 24th 1948 in Kajara County Ntungamo District in western Uganda.

She is married to Yoweri Museveni, with whom they have four children and many grandchildren. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Makerere University, a Diploma in Early Childhood Development from Sweden, and a Masters of Arts in Organizational Leadership and Management from Uganda Christian University, Mukono. She previously served as the Minister for Karamoja Affairs in Uganda’s Cabinet in 2011 and as the elected Member of Parliament representing Ruhaama County, Ntungamo District.

Janet left Uganda for exile in Tanzania in 1971, when Idi Amin toppled the Obote I regime in a military coup.  She returned briefly in 1979 after Amin’s regime had been toppled and her husband, then serving as Minister for Defence in the Obote regime, lived in Kampala.

Amidst political uncertainty following the 1980 elections, Janet Museveni and her children re-located to Nairobi, Kenya, in 1981where they lived with friends until 1983. Shortly after, they moved to Gothenburg, Sweden, and stayed there until May 1986, four months after Yoweri Museveni’s National Resistance Army had seized power in Kampala.

As First Lady and Minister, Janet has focused her attention on socio-economic and health issues. She founded and has been patron to the Uganda Women’s Effort to Save Orphans (UWESO), an indigenous NGO which cares for war-related and HIV/AIDS-affected orphans in all the Districts of Uganda. The NGO has been in operation since 1986 and works with major UN agencies and other international donor agencies.

National Strategy for the Advancement of Rural Women in Uganda (NSARWU), an NGO which works with poor rural women to empower them economically through various interventions.

Uganda Youth Forum (UYF) and NGO that engages the youth of Uganda for purposes of character and behavior formation particularly with regard to HIV and AIDS prevention.

Safe Motherhood Initiative of the Ministry of Health and WHO for reduction of maternal mortality and morbidity. She is as well the Co-chair of CURE Hospital – a special Hospital for crippled children in Uganda, with CURE International.

She is also an Active member of OAFLA, an Organization that unites the First Ladies of Africa in the fight against HIV and AIDS in the Region.

Above all Janet Museveni is a Professed and active Christian whose work and life is driven by principles of faith and divine driven purpose.

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GEN MUGISHA GREGORY MUNTU

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Major General Gregory Mugisha Muntuyera is the National Coordinator of Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) and former Army Commander of the Uganda People’s Defense Forces. He is a Ugandan politician and retired military officer.

He was President of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), an opposition political party, from 2012 to 2017. In September 2018, General Muntu parted ways with the FDC citing ideological differences. On 27 September 2018 he announced in a televised press conference that he and some other leaders had begun what he called The New Formation.

He served as the Commander of the Army, the highest position in the Ugandan military from 1989 to 1998. When the National Resistance Army was renamed the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) General Muntu became Commander of the UPDF.

He is now the National co-odinator of the new party called The Alliance for National Transformation that was launched on 22nd May 2019.

General Mugisha Muntu was born in October 1958 at Kitunga village in present-day Ntungamo District, Ankole sub-region, Western Uganda, to Enock Ruzima Muntuyera and Aida Matama Muntuyera. He had an affluent childhood as his father was a strong government functionary and close friend of Ugandan leader Milton Obote. He attended Mbarara Junior School, Kitunga Primary School and Kitunga High School which was later renamed Muntuyera High School, in memory of his father by Milton Obote. Muntu attended Makerere College School and subsequently went on to graduate in political science from Makerere University, where he was deputy president of the students union.

Muntu joined the guerrilla National Resistance Army of Yoweri Museveni the day he completed his university exams, to the chagrin of his family and President Milton Obote who considered him a son. Early into the rebellion he was shot in the chest but survived after receiving treatment in Kampala. Later he emerged as the head of Military Intelligence after the NRA victory in 1986. In military intelligence he had under his command personalities like Paul Kagame, who would later become the President of Rwanda.

Muntu underwent further military training in Russia before becoming a division commander in Northern Uganda. He rose to the rank of Major General within the UPDF. His rapid promotion did not to go unnoticed by other senior officers in the Ugandan military. He was later to serve as Commander of the UPDF. That post was later renamed Chief of Defence Forces of Uganda. As army chief, he oversaw the demobilization of many sections of the army. Observers have attributed Maj. Gen. Muntu’s quick ascension to the pinnacle of the NRA/UPDF to his reputation as an incorruptible and loyal officer to the President of Uganda. This loyalty was rewarded by the support of the President during Muntu’s many quarrels with sections of the army which accused him of trying to alienate them. Prominent among these were the so-called ‘uneducated’ officers, led by Major General James Kazini. Muntu was accused of creating a schism within the army by showing preferential treatment to educated officers while sidelining those he considered uneducated.

Muntu was a member of the constituent assembly (1994–1995). After disagreeing with Museveni’s approach to politics and the military, he was removed from the Army command and appointed as a minister a position he politely turned down. In November 2001, he was selected by the members of the Ugandan Parliament to serve as one of the nine Ugandan Representatives to the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) in Arusha Tanzania.

Since 1992, he has been married to Julia Kakonge Muntu. They are the parents of one son, born in 1993, and one daughter, born in 1996.

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HIS MAJESTY DR. OYO NYIMBA KABAMBA IGURU RUKIDI IV

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His Majesty Dr Rukirabasaija Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV is the reigning King of Toro Kingdom.

He was born on 16th April 1992 to King Patrick David Mathew Kaboyo Olimi III and Queen Best Kemigisa Kaboyo. Three and half years later in 1995, Oyo ascended to the throne and succeeded his father to become the 12th ruler of the 180-years-old Kingdom of Toro.

Oyo Nyimba is referred to as the Omukama, which means “King”, and Rukirabasaija, which means “the Greatest of Men”.He is considered the sovereign leader of the Batooro.

The death of his father King Kaboyo in 1995 meant the Crown Prince had to assume the role of King during his toddler years. At 2 a.m. on 12 September 1995, a week after the late king’s burial, the rituals to hand over the reins of power to Oyo began. They included a mock battle at the palace entrance fought between enemy forces of a “rebel” prince and the royal army, and a test of Oyo’s divine right to the throne, in which the Omusuga, head of the royal clan, called on the gods to strike Oyo dead if he was not of royal blood. On passing the test, Oyo was permitted to sound the Nyalebe, a sacred Chwezi drum, as his forefathers had done. He was then blessed with the blood of a slaughtered bull and a white hen.

At 4 a.m, Oyo was crowned King amidst a jubilant crowd and entered the palace as the new ruler of the Kingdom of Toro. He was served his first meal as King, which consisted of millet dough. He sat in the lap of a virgin girl, and he swore allegiance to the Crown while lying on his side on the ground.

The cultural rituals were followed by a religious ceremony presided over by the Anglican Bishop, Eustance Kamanyire. President Museveni attended the coronation celebrations and paid tribute to the new King.

Three regents were charged with overseeing King Oyo’s growth into the role of King and with handling the cultural affairs of the Kingdom during the King’s childhood and youth. At the time of his coronation, the three regents included his mother, Queen Best Kemigisha (the Queen Mother); his aunt/godmother, Princess Elizabeth Bagaaya; and President Museveni.

The late Colonel Muamar Gaddafi, the leader of Libya, was a patron of the Kingdom of Toro with close ties to the royal family. The 9 year old king King Oyo named Gaddafi the “defender” of the Kingdom and invited him to attend the 6th coronation anniversary celebrations in 2001. Gaddafi had made donations to the Kingdom, helping pay for refurbishments to the Palace in Fort Portal.

Oyo spent two years in London and attended preschool there. He is currently at a university in London. He went to Kampala International School Uganda and says he enjoyed art, music, math, and swimming. In October 2013, King Oyo graduated from the University of Winchester after studying there for three years.

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GEN CALEB AKANDWANAHO

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General Salim Saleh is a NRA Protracted Bush War Hero and currently Chief Coordinator of Operation Wealth Creation.

He was born Caleb Akandwanaho on 14th January 1960. He is a high-ranking military officer in the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF). He is a brother to H.E General Yoweri Museveni the President of Uganda.He is a Senior Adviser to the President of the Republic of Uganda on Military Matters. He served as Minister of State for Microfinance from 2006 to 2008.

In 1976, aged 16, he left Kako Secondary School in Masaka to join the Front for National Salvation (FRONASA), a Tanzania-based rebel group formed and led by his brother Yoweri Museveni to fight against the regime of Idi Amin. Together with his friend Fred Rwigyema and his brother Museveni, Saleh trained in Mozambique with Samora Machel’s FRELIMO rebels. It was there that he adopted Salim Saleh.

 In 1978, FRONASA merged with other anti-Amin groups in Tanzania and formed the Uganda National Liberation Army (UNLA), who together with Tanzanian armed forces captured Kampala in April 1979 – sending Idi Amin into exile. Saleh was later made a platoon commander of a UNLA unit in Moroto District. Following the bitterly contested December 1980 elections, Museveni declared an armed rebellion against the UNLA and the government of Milton Obote.

Salim Saleh joined his brother’s National Resistance Army (NRA) and the guerilla war known as “the NRA Protracted Bush War” that would last until 26th January 1986. In January 1986, Salim Saleh commanded NRA’s assault on Kampala which eventually led to the demise of Tito Okello’s regime and Yoweri Museveni became the President of Uganda. NRA became the National Army  with Salim Saleh as the Commanding Officer, General Elly Tumwine as the Army Commander, and Museveni as the Commander-in-chief.

Saleh proceeded to command an Army Division against rebel groups that were remnants of the UNLA, including Uganda People’s Democratic Army (UPDA), in northern parts of the country. He was instrumental in working out a peace deal with the UPDA.

Saleh succeeded Elly Tumwine as Army Commander in 1987, and held the post until 1989 when, President Museveni removed him.

He later became the Senior Presidential Advisor on Defence and Security (1996–1998), and the commander of the Army’s Reserve Force (1990–2001), involved in resettling Army Veterans of the Bush War.

Saleh was a very close friend of Friend Rwigyema a senior NRA Fighter and Officer who later one was commander of the Rwanda Patriotic Front/Rwanda Patriotic Army. After the Death of Fred Rwigyema, Saleh recalled RPF leaders to Uganda, over the death of the leader of the RPF Fred Rwigyema. He arrested Peter Bayingana who had taken de facto command of the Rwanda patriotic Front and Chris Bunyenyezi

In 2005, Salim Saleh, then a Lieutenant General, was one of the pioneer class to graduate from the Uganda Senior Command and Staff College at Kimaka in Jinja. Following that course, he was promoted to the rank of General in the UPDF. Prior to the 2006 General Elections, Salim Saleh went back to school and obtained an A-level certificate, the minimum requirement to become a member of Parliament of Uganda. Following the elections, he was appointed Minister of State for Microfinance.

General salim SALEH is the Current Chief Coordinator of Operation Wealth creation and he is working tirelessly to boost productivity of the people of Uganda to ensure wealth creation as a grand strategy to transform Uganda from a purely peasantry based economy to a Modern Middle Class economy.

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