Tito Lutwa Okello
|8th President of Uganda|
29 July 1985 – 26 January 1986
|Preceded by||Bazilio Olara-Okello|
|Succeeded by||Yoweri Museveni|
Kitgum District, Uganda
|Died||3 June 1996 (aged 81)|
|Allegiance|| United Kingdom|
Uganda National Liberation Army (UNLA)
|Years of service||1940 - 1962 (UK)|
1962 - 1971 (Uganda 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, Tito Okello'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 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 almost 82 years old at the time of his death. His remains were buried at his ancestral home in Kitgum District.
Legacy and honours
- Uganda since 1979, part of the History of Uganda series.
- President of Uganda
- Politics of Uganda
- Okello Oryem
- Uganda State House, . "President Tito Okello Lutwa (General)". Statehouse.go.ug. Retrieved 16 February 2015.
- Titus Kakembo, and Joel Ogwang (25 January 2012). "Tito Okello: The President Who Was Kept On His Toes". New Vision (Kampala). Archived from the original on 16 February 2015. Retrieved 16 February 2015.
- Ross, Will (24 July 2002). "Uganda Rebels Grab Ex-President's Brother". BBC News (London). Retrieved 16 February 2015.
- ASP, . (10 June 1996). "General Tito Okello, Ex-Ugandan Leader, 82". New York Times Quoting Associated Press (ASP). Retrieved 16 February 2015.
- Milton Olupot, and Daniel Edyegu (26 January 2010). "Museveni, Janet, Moi Get National Medals". New Vision (Kampala). Archived from the original on 30 January 2010. Retrieved 16 February 2015.
| President of Uganda
29 July 1985 - 26 January 1986