Ivan Koreta (left)
|Born||1964 (age 50–51)
|Years active||1977 — present|
|Known for||Military Matters|
Lieutenant General Ivan Koreta, is a Ugandan military officer and diplomat. He previously served as the Deputy Chief of Defence Forces (DCDF), the second-highest position the Ugandan military. He served in that capacity from 2005 until 2013, when was replaced by Lieutenant General Charles Angina. He also concurrently served as the Chairman of the General Court Martial, the second-highest military court in Uganda. He served in that capacity between 2006 and 2009.
While still in his teens, he attended military training in Mozambique, as a member of FRONASA, 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, Ivan Koreta joined him. During that war, referred to as the Ugandan Bush War, he became a battalion commander in the NRA. His military unit, the 13th NRA Battalion, was tasked to guard the Kampala-Gulu Highway at Matugga, during the battle to capture Kampala, the capital of Uganda, in April 1986.
Over the years, since the National Resistance Army captured power and was subsequently transformed into the Uganda People's Defence Force, Ivan Koreta has served in various roles including the following:
- Commander of First Division of UPDF: 1986 - 1988 (at rank of Brigadier)
- Deputy Director of Internal Security Organization (ISO): 1988 - 2001
- Promoted to rank of Major General: 2001
- Promoted to rank of Lieutenant General and appointed Commandant of 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 Ambassador to a country yet to be named: 2013
General Koreta led a Ugandan peace-keeping force to Liberia in the late 1990s.
General Ivan Koreta is married with 20 children. He is of the Anglican faith.
- Salim Saleh
- Mugisha Muntu
- Jeje Odongo
- James Kazini
- Aronda Nyakairima
- Charles Angina
- Uganda People's Defense Force
- Mbarara District
Succession table as Deputy Chief of Defence Forces
Before - 2005
|Deputy Chief of Defence Forces