Friends, Family Pay Tribute to Fallen Maj. Gen Oketta

UPDF officers, page friends and family members  on Tuesday afternoon gave moving speeches about the late Maj. Gen Oketta during his requiem mass at Our Lady of Africa church in Mbuya.

In the speeches, ask the former army representative in parliament was described as a down to earth person whose character every one would wish to emulate.

“He was an officer who would approach each duty given to him with a positive mind. One would think he could intimidate because of his size but not even the small people that he could undermine, buy ” the Chief of the Defence Forces, Gen. Katumba Wamala said of the deceased.

Gen.Tumwine, Lt.Gen.Angina and Gen.Katumba Wamala share a light moment
Gen.Tumwine, Lt.Gen.Angina and Gen.Katumba Wamala share a light moment

“He was always on duty, a good listener and made Uganda proud for he was an example of what a good military officer should be.”

The Chief of the Defence Forces told mourners that Gen.Oketta fought many battles, among them  one against the Lakwena insurgency in Busoga and the Lord’s Resistance Army rebels in Northern Uganda.

Lt.Col Andrew Guti,Maj.Gen James Mugira and Brig.Erweru at the requiem mass..JPG
Lt.Col Andrew Guti,Maj.Gen James Mugira and Brig.Erweru at the requiem mass..JPG

According to Gen. Katumba, the deceased is remembered to have been the commander sent to respond and repulse LRA led rebels who had cut and piled bodies of civilians in Atiak.

In his speech read by Hilary Odoch, the commandant in charge of agriculture in police who represented the Operation Wealth Creation boss, Gen. Salim Saleh said that Maj. Gen.Oketta’s expertise boosted the Operation Wealth Creation program because he imparted punctuality and team work skills to every one in the program.

The casket entering church.
The casket entering church.

“He had a special talent in statistics that he always applied in his operations, something we have since then put in use in the Operation Wealth Creation program,”said Gen.Saleh of his Deputy.


“He was always steadfast and focused with a lot of respect for political leaders whom he always referred to as civil authority. He was a unique and remarkable military officer.”

CDF  Gen Katumba Wamala
CDF Gen Katumba Wamala

The brother to President Museveni describe Maj. Gen .Oketta as one who always chose to serve others before himself, stressing the country has lost a great asset.

The deceased's children.
The deceased’s children.

The widow, Stella Oketta spoke of the late army officer as a humble man whose military ranks meant nothing to his life.

“He always referred to me as mama as he cared to find out how I was. Even his body guards were always invited to share with us a meal at home as he respected them as his own children,” Stella Oketta said of the late army officer.

The Agriculture Minister Vincent Ssempijja said Maj. Gen.Oketta was a devoted officer in serving his country.

The widow Stella Oketta(2nd R).
The widow Stella Oketta(2nd R).

“We all feel proud to have associated with him. His deployment in the agricultural sector was beneficial to the country because he believed farming was the best way to send poverty out of Uganda,” Ssempijja said.


Born to Mr. and Mrs.Paul Alipayo Oketta in 1956 at Lacor hospital in Gulu hospital, Oketta attended Lacor primary, Pope Paul VI Secondary (O’level) before joining Lira Town College and Gregg SS for his A- level.

He graduated with a Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in Business Administration from Newport University in USA.

Maj.Gen.Julius Oketta was part of the 1979 and 18986 liberation wars.

He was the Head of Mission of Africa Union support to Ebola Outbreak in West Africa, a mission that saw him receive a medal of honor from the Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Maj.Gen Oketta was a Member of Parliament for the UPDF from 2006 to 2015.

He is survived by 9 children; 4 girls and 5 boys.

The former Deputy Coordinator of the Operation Wealth Creation will be flown to Gulu before being laid to rest tomorro

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