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AU praises Gen Karuhanga role in Somalia


The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Francisco Madeira and the entire AMISOM family has sent their condolences on the passing of Major General Levi Karuhanga, the first Force Commander of AMISOM.

Karuhanga passed on yesterday after suffering a heart failure.

As the first Force Commander, Major General Karuhanga shaped the way the ensuing commanders have been able to fulfil their duties.

He inspired AMISOM’s decisive move towards defeating Al-Shabaab and liberating the city of Mogadishu.

Subsequent commanders have since been taking Gen. Levi Karuhanga’s method of work as a reference point in their operations.

Ambassador Madeira and the entire AMISOM fraternity commiserated with General Karuhanga’s family, the government and people of Uganda.

“His contribution to the stabilisation of Somalia is highly commendable and will always be a reference point and source of inspiration.”

UN in Somalia also said in a tweet that Karuhanga’s contribution to the stabilisation of Somalia is commendable.

Army spokesperson Paddy Ankunda ‏says Gen Levi Karuhanga church service is scheduled for 10am tomorrow Saturday at St Luke Church Ntinda.


Levi Karuhanga (24 February 1956 – 21 April 2016) was the Chairman of the UPDF General Court Martial, one of the highest military courts in the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF).

He was appointed to that position in June 2014 by Yoweri Museveni, the commander in chief of the UPDF and the president of Uganda.

He replaced Moses Ddiba Ssentongo whose one-year tenure at the court had expired. Before that, Karuhanga served as the Commander of the Reserve Force in the UPDF.

Karuhanga was born in Bushenyi District in the Western Region of Uganda on 24 February 1956. He studied at Nyamitoma, Bweranyangi, and Mwengura Primary Schools.

He then joined Mbarara High School, from where he moved to Nairobi, Kenya, where he graduated with a diploma in international studies.

He joined the Ugandan Bush War around 1981 in Luweero District. His recruitment number was RO/057, the 57th recruit of the then new rebel force.

He fought throughout the war until the National Resistance Army captured power in 1986. Over the past 25 years, he has undergone military training including the following courses:

Strategic Military Studies at the Egyptian Military Academy in Cairo

Military Course at the China War College

Military Course at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, Nigeria

National Strategic Studies course from National Defence College, Kenya, from July 2006 until June 2007.

Other military courses at military schools in Kenya and Uganda.

Military career

Karuhanga served in a number of assignments in the UPDF, including in the following positions:

brigade commander in the UPDF 4th Division, between 1990 and 1992

member of the UPDF Contingent and second in command of United Nations forces in Liberia, in 1994

deputy commander of the 3rd UPDF Division, in 1998

3rd Division commanding officer in 2001

First Division commanding officer from 2005 until 2007

In 2007, Karuhanga was appointed as the first commander of the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM), serving in that capacity until 2008.

In 2010, he was appointed commanding officer of the UPDF Reserve Force, serving there until June 2014, when he was given his current assignment.

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