Juma Oris

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Colonel Juma Oris Abdalla (1933? - March 2001) was a Ugandan army officer who became a rebel leader in the West Nile sub-region of Uganda in the early 1990s.

Juma Oris Abdalla (formally known as Juma Oris) was born and grew up in Uganda in around 1933. He served with the Ugandan army and was a high ranking colonel by the early 1970s. He became a minister in Idi Amin's government (serving as foreign minister from 1975 to 1978), and fled Uganda to Sudan in early 1979 shortly before the fall of Amin's government. Abdalla became a leader of a rebel faction which was allegedly backed by the government of Sudan. Oris is alleged to have committed human rights violations by planting landmines in ambush attempts in northern Uganda during the mid-1990s.[1]

In the late 1980s and early 1990s Joseph Kony, the leader of the rebel group known as the Lord's Resistance Army claimed to be possessed by the spirit of Juma Oris. It appears he was unaware that Oris was at the time still alive—something which he discovered when the two men eventually met in person.[2]

Having suffered a stroke in late 1999, Oris died in Khartoum in March 2001 not as alleged in fighting with the Uganda Peoples' Defence Forces as reported by the Africa Research Bulletin of July 2001.[3]


  1. ^ SUDAN
  2. ^ Allen, Tim (2006). Trial Justice: the International Criminal Court and the Lord's Resistance Army. London: Zed Books. p. 39. ISBN 1-84277-737-8. 
  3. ^ "2005-07 UK Home OGN Uganda" (PDF).