Peter Elwelu is among the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) top officers who were on Friday promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General.
Since 9 January 2017, he has served as the commander of land forces, which is the fourth-highest position in the UPDF hierarchy. Prior to that, from June 2013 until January 2017, he was the commander of the UPDF 2nd division, based in Mbarara, the largest town in Uganda’s Western Region.
Gen Elwelu is reported to have joined the Ugandan military in 1987. He first attended the Tanzania Military Academy in Monduli. Following that, he was posted to the military installation at Kabamba. In 1995, he was transferred to the Gaddafi military barracks at Jinja, at the Cadet Officer School.
He served as a commander within the UPDF when it invaded Zaire and overthrew Mobutu Sese Seko, alongside the Rwandan military. He returned to Uganda in 1999 and was deployed to the Northern Region to fight Joseph Kony and his guerilla Lord’s Resistance Army. During that tour, he survived being shot in the back.
When Uganda first sent troops to Somalia in 2007 under the African Union Mission to Somalia, Elwelu commanded the first Uganda military contingent. He received commendation from the UPDF chief of defence forces, General Katumba Wamala, for his role on that tour.
In June 2013, he was appointed commander of the 2nd UPDF Division based at Mbarara. Before that, he had served as the commander of the UPDF 3rd Division based at Moroto.
In November 2016, in his capacity as 2nd Division commander, Elwelu commanded the UPDF troops that overran the palace in Kasese of Charles Mumbere, the traditional ruler of the Rwenzururu.
In his capacity as the UPDF Land forces commander, he made his first visit to UPDF troops in Somalia under AMISOM on Wednesday 22 March 2017. According to the spokesman of the Ugandan contingent in Somalia, the general’s visit was to “check on the operational tempo, boost the morale of the troops and also update the troops on the situation in Uganda”.
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