Edith Nakalema

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Lieutenant Colonel

Edith Nakalema
Born1978 (age 40–41)
ResidenceWatchfield, United Kingdom
EducationUndisclosed University in Uganda
(Bachelor's degree)
Joint Services Command and Staff College
(Higher Command and Staff Course)
King's College London
(Master's degree)
OccupationMilitary officer
Years active2000 to present
Home townKampala
TitleMajor, in the Uganda People's Defence Force

Lieutenant Colonel Edith Nakalema, is a Ugandan military officer, who graduated in August 2018, from the Higher Command and Staff Course at the Joint Services Command and Staff College, in Watchfield, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom,[1] where she had been admitted in 2017.[2]

Background and education[edit]

She was born in Kashaari Village, Mbarara District in the Western Region of Uganda, to Midrace Sserwadda, a housewife and Eiyasafu Sserwadda, an Anglican parish priest. She graduated with a bachelor's degree from a Ugandan university. She joined the Uganda People's Defence Force (UPDF) in 1999,[3] where she rose to the rank of Major, in the "Special Forces Command", under the command of Muhoozi Kainerugaba.[4]


Prior to her arrival at the Uganda State House, Nakalema had worked in the finance department of the Special Forces Command (SFC). She was part of a team that established a working financial and accounting system at the SFC.[4] In 2014, she was appointed to be the personal private secretary (PPS) to the president of Uganda, on the recommendation of the SFC.[4][5] In November 2016, her role was elevated to that of personal assistant to the president, specifically taking charge of the president's daily itinerary. She was replaced as PPS, by Molly Kamukama, a civilian.[4][6]

In June 2017, Nakalema was selected to attend senior military training in the United Kingdom. While there she also expects to study at King's College London for her master's degree.[7][8]

Other considerations[edit]

In November 2017, the New Vision newspaper in Kampala, Uganda reported that Major Edith Nakalema was a student at the Joint Services Command and Staff College (JSCSC), in the United Kingdom. As part of the international day celebrations by students at the military college, Nakalema showcased Ugandan attire, cuisine (including food and fruits) and cultural dances. The showcase, attended by staff from Uganda's high commission in London, impressed Air Vice Marshal Chris Luck, the commander of the military school.[2]

To celebrate her graduation from the Joint Services and Command Staff College at the United Kingdom Defence Academy in Shrivenham, Major Nakalema hosted her classmates, instructors, other college staff and their families to a luncheon, attended by over 100 people from 15 different countries.[1]

Promotion and re-assignment[edit]

In December 2018, Nakalema was introduced at a public function as a Lieutenant Colonel, who is the head of the Presidential Anti-Corruption Unit, based at State House, in Kampala.[9][10][11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Vision Reporter (2 August 2018). "Major Edith Nakalema Graduates". New Vision. Kampala. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  2. ^ a b Sekanjako, Henry (26 November 2017). "Uganda praised for rich culture at UK Defence Academy celebrations". New Vision. Kampala. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  3. ^ Tumushabe, Alfred (3 September 2014). "President commends born-again civil servants". Daily Monitor Mobile. Kampala. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d Kiggundu, Edris (14 June 2017). "Why Nakalema left State House". The Observer (Uganda). Kampala. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  5. ^ Ivam Okuda, and Risdel Kasasira (4 August 2015). "State House Denies Major Nakalema Exit". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  6. ^ TUT (4 November 2016). "Major Nakalema Elevated as Museveni Shuffles Permanent Secretaries". Kampala: The Uganda Today (TUT). Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  7. ^ Okello, Dickens (7 June 2017). "Major Nakalema Removed from State House, Sent to London". Kampala: Chimpreports.com. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  8. ^ Okuda, Ivan (7 June 2017). "Museveni sends Maj Nakalema to UK military academy". Daily Monitor Mobile. Kampala. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  9. ^ Moses Ndhaye (10 December 2018). "We shall start confiscating property of corrupt government officials, says Museveni". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  10. ^ Ampurire, Paul (10 December 2018). "Museveni Launches Anti-corruption Unit, Lieutenant Colonel Nakalema Appointed Head". Kampala: Soft Power Uganda. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  11. ^ Nassaka, Flavia (17 December 2018). "Lieutenant Colonel Edith Nakalema". The Independent (Uganda). Kampala. Retrieved 20 February 2019.

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