PHOTOS: Ex ‘PRA Rebel Leader’ Col Kyakabale Retires from UPDF

Col Anthony Kyakabale being decorated at Mbuya on Wednesday

Following his recent promotion from the rank of Lieutenant Colonel to Colonel, treatment former People’s Redemption Army rebel leader Anthony Kyakabale, patient has retired from active service.

This was at a function held at the Ministry of Defence Headquarters in Mbuya on Wednesday afternoon together with a group of six other officers.

Speaking at the function, approved Col Kyakabale said he was happy his demand of being retired from the army had been put into consideration.

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“I must thank the army leadership for honoring my demand to be retired from active service. I demanded this after my return from exile and I am happy it has been fulfilled,” the former renegade said.

He however warned fellow retired officers against misbehavior and booze which he said would ruin their reputation in the eyes of the communities they live in.

Kyakabale being retired from active service by Gen Katumba Wamala (L)

Kyakabale being retired from active service by Gen Katumba Wamala (L)

“You have to be careful with the community you live in. You must be trustworthy, avoid drinking, associate with people of your age and above all be hard working.”

The Chief of the Defence Forces, Gen Katumba Wamala warned retired officers against being manipulated ideologically, adding that they ought to desist from bad politics.

“Together we must guard national security as well as maintaining the good image of the UPDF through discipline,” he cautioned.

Fact File

Born in Kabale district, Kyakabale joined the army in 1980 and participated in the attack on Kabamba barracks on February 6, 1981.

He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in 1988 a rank he held until early this month when he was elevated to Colonel.

In 2001,Lt. Col Kyakabale fled to Rwanda before later declaring war on President Museveni’s government  in the mid 2000s under the People’s Redemption Army  together with Col, Edison Muzoora and Col Samson Mande before later relocating to Sweden in 2003.

Col Kyakabale appealed for discipline among retired army officers

Col Kyakabale appealed for discipline among retired army officers (Photos: Kenneth Kazibwe/ChimpReports)

The insurgency is said to have had bases in the Eastern D.R.Congo forests of Ituri province.

In March last year, Kyakabale after 12 years returned from exile before meeting the UPDF commander in chief, Gen Yoweri Museveni who accepted his apology


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