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Uganda: Brigadier Moses Ali

Publisher Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Author Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada
Publication Date 9 November 2000
Citation / Document Symbol UGA36012.E
Reference 7
Cite as Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Uganda: Brigadier Moses Ali, 9 November 2000, UGA36012.E, available at: [accessed 13 December 2018]
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Information on the Website of the Government of Uganda provides the following information about Brigadier Moses Ali:

Brigadier Moses Ali was born on 5th April 1939 at Meliaderi, Atabo Parish in Pakele Division in Adjumani District. After completing his Ordinary Level Certificate at Old Kampala Senior Secondary School in 1966, Brig. Ali undertook a number of military training courses as a Cadet officer, Paratrooper Instructor in Uganda and Company Commanders Course in Israel. In 1972, Brig. Ali enrolled in Staff College at Camberly in UK where he earned a Degree in Military Science.

Brig. Moses Ali is an active educationist and as recent as between 1998 -1999, Brig. Ali did an external correspondence study with Holborn College of London.

Brig. Ali was commissioned in 1969 to the rank of 2nd Lieutenant and appointed Officer-in-Charge of Training in the Uganda Paratrooper School. In 1971, he was promoted to the rank of Major and appointed Commandant of the Paratrooper School. Later in 1972, Brig. Ali was promoted to the rank of Colonel.

In 1973, he was appointed Minister of Provincial Administration and in 1974 he was promoted to the rank of Brigadier. Brig. Ali is decorated with three medals:

– Distinguished Service Order

– Military Cross

– Operational and Republic.

Other Position of service:

Brig. Moses Ali has also served in the following capacities:-

– Minister of Youth, Culture and Sports

– Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities

– Chairman of the Cabinet Central Economic Committee

– Chairman Central Tender Board

– Governor of African Development Bank

– Chairman Islamic Development Bank of Governors

– Member of Islamic University in Uganda Council

– Chairman Federation of Uganda Football Association

– Member of the National Resistance Council for Moyo District

– Constituent Assembly Delegate for East Moyo County

– Member of Appointment Committee of Uganda Parliament

Brig. Moses Ali is an elected member of Parliament of Adjumani District (24 July 2000).

According to Europa World Yearbook 2000, in February 1990 Ali was removed from his cabinet position of Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports and "charged with plotting terrorist activities" (2000, 3669). He was subsequently acquitted but found guilty of the illegal possession of ammunition in January 1991 (ibid.). Ail did not rejoin the cabinet until November 1994 (ibid.).

On 27 September 2000, New Vision reported that Brig. Moses Ali had been appointed Internal Affairs Minister in a cabinet shuffle announced on 26 September 2000. Edward Rugumayo, who had previously held the position of Minister of Internal Affairs, took over Ali's old portfolio of Minister of Tourism, Trade and Industry (ibid.).

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please see below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Response.


The Europa World Yearbook 2000. 2000. Vol. II. London: Europa Publications.

Government of Uganda. 24 July 2000. "Facts About the Cabinet of Uganda: Brig. Moses Ali." [Accessed 1 Nov. 2000]

New Vision [Kampala]. 27 September 2000. Charles Wendo and Alfred Wasike. "Reshuffle, Brigadier Moses Ali is New Interior Minster." [Accessed 6 Nov. 2000]

Additional Sources Consulted

Africa Confidential [London].

Africa Research Bulletin: Political, Social and Cultural Series [Oxford].

Europa World Yearbook 2000. 2000.

Political Handbook of the World: 1999 . 1999.


Uganda Country File. Resource Centre.

World News Connection (WNC)

Internet Sites including:

Africa Development Forum '99

Amnesty International

Human Rights Watch

Radio Simba [Kampala]

Search Engines including:


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