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Ivan Koreta (left)
Ivan Koreta (left)

Ivan Koreta (born 15 October 1955) is a Ugandan military officer, diplomat and legislator. He is a General in the Uganda People's Defence Forces (UPDF) and a representative for the armed forces in the Parliament of Uganda; where he serves as a member of the Public Accounts Committee and the Committee on Presidential Affairs.

Koreta has been a member of the armed forces since 1981 and most recently served as the deputy chief of defence forces, the second-highest position in the UPDF, from 2005 to 2013.[1] He also served from 2006 up until 2009 as the chairman of the General Court Martial, the second-highest military court in Uganda.[2]

Early life and education

Koreta was born in Mbarara, Ankole sub-region, on 15 October 1955 in a Pentecostal family of the Banyankole.[3] He had his primary education in his home town of Mbarara and attained his PLE certification in 1969.

He then attended Kiira College Butiki for his O-Level education, attaining a EACE certification in 1973. Koreta later on advanced to the University of Ibadan, graduating in 2003 with a Master of Science in Strategic Studies.

Military training and career

While still in his teens, Koreta attended military training in Mozambique as a member of the Front for National Salvation, a guerilla group led by Yoweri Museveni. He participated in the war that removed Idi Amin from power in 1979. When Museveni formed the National Resistance Army (NRA) in 1981, Koreta joined him. During the Ugandan Bush War, he became a battalion commander in the NRA. During the April 1986 battle to capture the Ugandan capital city Kampala, his 13th NRA Battalion was responsible for guarding the Kampala-Gulu highway at Matugga.[4]

Since the NRA captured power and was subsequently transformed into the UPDF, Koreta has served in various roles, including the following:[5]

  • Commander of the First Division: 1986-1988 (at the rank of brigadier general)
  • Deputy Director of the Internal Security Organization: 1988-2001
  • Promoted to rank of major general: 2001
  • Promoted to rank of lieutenant general and appointed commandant of the Uganda Senior Command and Staff College at Kimaka, being the first military officer to serve in that capacity: 2004
  • Appointed deputy commander of defence forces in Uganda: 2005
  • Appointed chairman of the General Court Martial: 2006
  • Appointed head of the Ugandan delegation on the Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangement Monitoring Mechanism (CTSAMM) team for South Sudan: 2015[6]

Other responsibilities

As a diplomat, Koreta led a Ugandan peace-keeping force to Liberia in the late 1990s.[7] In 2016, he was elected as a representative for the UPDF in the 10th Parliament of Uganda; where he now serves as a member of the Public Accounts Committee and the Committee on Presidential Affairs.[8]

In February 2019 he was promoted from the rank of Lieutenant General to that of a Four-star General, as a part of a promotions exercise involving over 2,000 men and women of the UPDF.[9]

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