Maj Gen Julius Oketta, 60, the vice chairman of Operation Wealth Creation, who died this morning at Kadic hospital in Kampala where he was rushed Friday night after he suffered a heart attack has been remembered as an outstanding and safety-conscious soldier.Special Forces Commander and first son, Muhoozi was saddened.
“Very sad to hear about the sudden passing of our elder and comrade Maj. General Julius Oketta. May his soul rest in peace,” Muhoozi tweeted.
He is globally celebrated for gallantly addressing the threat of the Ebola virus to the African continent.
In September 2014, Major General Oketta was nominated to join the African Union-led humanitarian mission to fight Ebola in West Africa. The mission, code-named Africa Union Support to Ebola Outbreak in West Africa (ASEOWA), is based in Ethiopia. Major General Julius Oketta was awarded a medal of honor by the President of Liberia for his endless efforts in the fight against Ebola.
A man of the people, he early this year quit Parliament as the army representative to take over and concentrate on Operation Wealth Creation. In Parliament, he was a member of the Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises.
Oketta was also serving as the Director National Emergency and Coordination at the Office of the Prime Minister.
From 1989 until 1993, he served as the Division Commander of the 6th Division of the National Resistance Army (NRA).
From 2001 until 2003, he served as the Chief of Logistics and Engineering in the UPDF.
In 2003, he served as the Uganda Liaison Officer, in the Republic of Sudan.
Following that, he served as the Head of the Procurement and Disposal Unit at the Uganda Ministry of Defense during 2004.
From 2007 until now, he acted as the Director of the National Emergency Coordination and Operations Center, in the Office of the Prime Minister.