Ivan Koreta (left)
|Born||1964 (age 52–53)
|Years active||since 1977|
|Known for||Military matters|
Ivan Koreta (born 1964) is a lieutenant general in the Uganda People's Defence Force (UPDF), the military of Uganda, and a diplomat. He served from 2005 until 2013 as the deputy chief of defence forces, the second-highest position in the UPDF. He also served from 2006 until 2009 as the chairman of the General Court Martial, the second-highest military court in Uganda.
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.
Since the NRA captured power and was subsequently transformed into the UPDF, Koreta has served in various roles, including the following:
- 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 ambassador to a country yet to be named: 2013