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3 Div Commander Brig Dick Olum



To protect the territorial integrity of Uganda and secure the population within its Area of Responsibility, disarm the local communities of illegal firearms, and aid civil authorities during emergencies in order to sustain the country’s security and development.

About 3 Infantry Division

3 Infantry Division comprises of two Infantry Brigades, affiliated support units and auxiliary. It is headquartered in Moroto and it covers a wide area of responsibility comprising of greater parts of Eastern Uganda and North Eastern Uganda. The area is operationally divided into three regions; Teso region, Karamoja region (includes Kapchorwa and Bukwo), and the Rear (Comprising of Bukedi and Bigisu).

The Division has its forces deployed along the international borders with Kenya and operates in liaison with the Kenya Defence Forces, in the East African Spirit.

The overall intention of the Division is to secure the security of its people so as to help spur development.

3 Infantry Division also aids civil authority in maintaining law and order, primarily the function of law enforcement agencies.

It also attaches it human resource to various agencies like Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and Uganda Revenue Authority (URA).

Achievements of the Division

Despite many challenges like inadequate resources in a strained national budget, low levels of commitment on disarmament by some civil stakeholder leaders, cross border invasions and evasion by cattle rustlers, and unfavourable climatic conditions in area of operation among others, the division has worked with the people and other stakeholders to conduct successful disarmament in Karamoja. Over 30,000 illegally healed weapons were removed from the public and destroyed. This has ultimately led to improved road and general security within and at the neighbourhood of Karamoja, reduced armed violence, improved relationships between the previously warring Karamojong ethnic groups, increased trade, and evidence of re-establishment of the rule of law.

Others are re-establishment of the judicial system in Karamoja, increased enrollment in schools, the population engaging in productive activity and no more organized massive raids and looting by the armed Karamojong into the twelve neighboring districts.

Commanders since 2000

2015 – Date: Brig Dick Olum (Current Commander)

2013 – 2015: Brig Nakibus Lakara (Now Maj Gen)

2012 – 2013: Brig Peter Elwelu (now Maj Gen)

2011 – 2012: Brig Burundi Nyamunwanyisa

2007 – 2011: Brig Patrick Kankiriho (RIP)

2005 – 2007:  Col Gavas Mugyenyi (Maj Gen)

2004 – 2005: Col Silver Kayemba (Now a Maj Gen)

2003 – 2004:  Col Andrew Gutti (Now Lt Gen)

2000 – 2003: Col Sula Semakula (RIP)