Katumba Wamala

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Katumba Wamala
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Born (1956-11-19) 19 November 1956 (age 57)
Kalangala District, Uganda
Residence Kampala, Uganda
Nationality Ugandan
Ethnicity Muganda
Citizenship Uganda
Education Basic Officers Course
Uganda Military Academy, Jinja, Uganda
Junior Staff College
Tanzania Military Academy, Monduli, Tanzania
Senior Staff College
Nigerian Command and Staff College, Jaji, Kaduna State, Nigeria
Strategic Studies Course
United States Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, USA
Bachelor of Arts in International Relations & Diplomacy
Nkumba University, Entebbe, Uganda
Occupation Military Officer
Years active 1981 — present
Known for Military
Home town Kalangala
Religion Anglican

General Edward Katumba Wamala, more commonly known as Katumba Wamala, is a Ugandan Army officer and former policeman. He is the Chief of Defense Forces of Uganda, the highest military rank in the Uganda People's Defense Force (UPDF).

Prior to his current position, he served as Commander of Land Forces in the UPDF, between 2005 until 2013. He also served as the Inspector General of Police (IGP) of the Uganda Police Force, the highest rank in that branch of Uganda's government, from 2001 until 2005. He was replaced as IGP by General Kale Kayihura. Katumba Wamala was the first active UPDF soldier to serve as the head of the Uganda Police Force.


He was born on 19 November 1956 in Bweeza, Kalangala District, Ssese Islands.[1] He is married, and is the father of one son and five daughters.


Katumba holds a certificate in agriculture. In 2007 he graduated from Nkumba University with the degree of Bachelor of Arts In International Relations & Diplomacy.[2] He also has military qualifications from the following military schools:[3]


Katumba Wamala was an officer in the Uganda National Liberation Army (UNLA), at the time the National Resistance Army (NRA) defeated the UNLA in 1986. He transitioned into the NRA without incident.[4] Between 1999 and 2000 he was a student at the US Army War College in Carlisle, PA. Between 2000 and 2001, at the rank of Major General, he commanded the UPDF forces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He was appointed the Inspector General of Police in Uganda in 2001, to become the first Military officer, to serve in the highest capacity within the Uganda Police Force. He served in that capacity until 2005. He was then promoted to Lieutenant General and given the title of Commander of Land Forces, based at Bombo Military Barracks, making him one of the highest senior officers in the Ugandan military, today.[5] In his role as Commander of the Land Forces, he was closely engaged in the peace-keeping mission that the UPDF performs in Somalia, commonly referred to as AMISOM.[6] On Friday, 23 May 2013, he was promoted to a four-star General and appointed Chief of Defence Forces of Uganda.[7]


  1. ^ Candia, Steven (31 October 2005). "Police Will Miss Katumba Wamala". New Vision. Retrieved 12 May 2014. 
  2. ^ Tebajjukira, Madinah (22 April 2007). "Uganda: General Katumba Gets First Class Degree". New Vision via AllAfrica.com. Retrieved 12 May 2014. 
  3. ^ Candia, Steven (31 October 2005). "The Military Education of Katumba Wamala". New Vision. Retrieved 12 May 2014. 
  4. ^ Kato, Joshua (5 September 2005). "Rebels Turned UPDF Commanders". New Vision. Retrieved 12 May 2014. 
  5. ^ Candia, Steven (3 November 2005). "Major General Kale Kaihura Takes Over Police Force". New Vision. Retrieved 12 May 2014. 
  6. ^ Ondoga, Ayiga (14 February 2010). "Over 1,700 UPDF Soldiers for Somalia". New Vision. Retrieved 12 May 2014. 
  7. ^ Tugume, John (24 May 2013). "General Katumba Wamala To Head The Uganda Army". Daily Monitor. Retrieved 12 May 2014. 

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Police appointments
Preceded by
John Kisembo
Inspector General of Police of Uganda Police Force
2003 – 2005
Succeeded by
Kale Kayihura
Military offices
Preceded by
Aronda Nyakairima
Chief of Defense Forces of Uganda
2013 - present
Succeeded by