Yusuf Lule

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Yusuf Kironde Lule (10 April 1912[1] – 21 January 1985) was provisional president of Uganda between 13 April and 20 June 1979. His name is sometimes spelled Yusufu.

Early years[edit]

Born in Kampala, Lule was educated[1] at King's College Budo (1929–34), Makerere University College, Kampala (1934–36), Fort Hare University at Alice, South Africa (1936–39) andCite error: The <ref> tag has too many names (see the help page).


As the leader of the Uganda National Liberation Front (UNLF), Lule was installed as President after neighbouring Tanzania ousted Idi Amin[2] with help from the UNLF after his failed attempt to annexe portions of Tanzania (see Uganda–Tanzania War). Lule was the first of a swift succession of Ugandan leaders before the eventual return of Milton Obote in 1980.

Lule's government adopted a ministerial system of administration and created a quasi-parliamentary organ known as the National Consultative Commission (NCC). The NCC and the Lule cabinet reflected widely differing political views. In June 1979, following a dispute over the extent of presidential powers, the NCC replaced Lule with Godfrey Binaisa.

Final years[edit]

Out of office, he led the Uganda Freedom Fighters (UFF), a resistance group which joined with Yoweri Museveni's Popular Resistance Army (PRA) in 1981. The combined National Resistance Army (NRA) eventually succeeded in overthrowing Tito Lutwa Okello and taking power in 1986.

Lule died on 21 January 1985 at Hammersmith Hospital in London of kidney failure.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Lule, K. Yusufu", Africa Who's Who, London: Africa Journal for Africa Books Ltd, 1981, p. 636.
  2. ^ "1979:New president for war-torn Uganda". BBC News. 14 April 1979. Retrieved 4 January 2011.
  3. ^ Cite error: The named reference BladeObit was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
Political offices
Preceded by
Idi Amin
President of Uganda
13 April – 20 June 1979
Succeeded by
Godfrey Binaisa