|Tito Lutwa Okello|
|President of Uganda|
29 July 1985 – 26 January 1986
|Preceded by||Bazilio Olara-Okello|
|Succeeded by||Yoweri Museveni|
Kitgum District, Uganda
|Died||June 3, 1996
|Allegiance|| United Kingdom
Uganda National Liberation Army (UNLA)
|Years of service||1940 - 1962 (UK)
1962 - 1971 (Ugandan Army)
1979 - 1986 (UNLA)
|Unit||King's African Rifles|
|Battles/wars||East African Campaign|
Okello was one of the commanders in the coalition between the Tanzania People's Defence Force and the Uganda National Liberation Army, who removed Idi Amin from power in 1979. He was selected to be the Commander of the Ugandan National Liberation Army from 1980 to 1985.
In July 1985, together with Bazilio Olara-Okello, Tito Lutwa Okello staged the coup d'état that ousted president Milton Obote. He ruled as president for six months until he was overthrown by the National Resistance Army (NRA) operating under the leadership of the current president, Yoweri Museveni. He went into exile in Kenya after he was ousted.
Tito Okello's son Henry Oryem Okello is the current State Minister for Foreign Affairs responsible for International Affairs.
In 2002 the former president's younger brother, Erisanweri Opira, was abducted from his home in Kitgum District by the rebel group, the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). His abduction was considered unusual as the LRA usually kidnapped teenagers and young people to use as prospective soldiers or sex slaves. Opira was aged in his late seventies when he was abducted.
Okello remained in exile until 1993, when he was granted amnesty by President Museveni and returned to Kampala. He died three years later, of an undisclosed illness, on 3 June 1996. He was 82 years old at the time of his death. His remains were buried at his ancestral home in Kitgum District.
Legacy and honours
- In January 2010, Okello was posthumously awarded the Kagera National Medal of Honor for fighting against the Idi Amin dictatorship in the 1970s.
- Brief Summary of His Presidency
- Analysis of Uganda's Political and Military Turmoil in the 1970s and 1980s
- Uganda since 1979, part of the History of Uganda series.
- President of Uganda
- Politics of Uganda
- Okello Oryem
Succession table as President of Uganda
|President of Uganda
29 July 1985 - 26 January 1986
- "Uganda Rebels Grab Ex-president's Brother", BBC, July 24, 2002
- Associated Press (1996-06-10). "Gen. Tito Okello, Ex-Ugandan Leader, 82". New York Times. Retrieved 2012-09-12.
- "General Okello Receives the Kagera Medal Posthumously", All Africa, 27 January 2010