Who is Lt. Col. Edith Nakalema?
Who is Lt. Col. Edith Nakalema? PHOTO/The Observer/Nicholas Bamulanzeki

Who is Lt. Col. Edith Nakalema? Flash Uganda Media looks at her biography, early life, education, promotion and family of the Head Uganda State House Anti-Corruption Unit

Lieutenant Colonel Edith Nakalema, is a Ugandan military officer and the Head Uganda State House Anti-Corruption Unit.

Early Life and Education

Lt. Col. Edith Nakalema was born in 1978, to Midrace Sserwadda (mother), a housewife and Eiyasafu Sserwadda (father), an Anglican parish priest in Kashaari Village, Mbarara District in Western Uganda.

Eiyasafu Ndagizimana a Hutu came to Uganda as an Anglican priest from Bujumbura in 1973 and settled in Mbarara Church Diocese.

In Mbarara, he met with Edith Nakalema’s mother Midrace Nambatya who was a shop attendant in Mbarara town.

The two bought a piece of land in Kashaari and set up a house and the two got married in 1976. Midrace Nambatya renamed her husband Sserwadda.

Their first child was named Edith Nakalema, and when they gave birth to their second born in 1980, she was named Doreen Mbabazi, current RDC Mbarara District and sister to Nakalema.

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She graduated with a bachelor’s degree from undisclosed Ugandan University. She joined the Uganda People’s Defense Force (UPDF) in 1999, where she rose to the rank of Major, in the “Special Forces Command,” under the command of Muhoozi Kainerugaba

Edith Nakalema also graduated in August 2018, from the Higher Command and Staff Course at the Joint Services Command and Staff College, in Watchfield, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom, where she had been admitted in 2017.

While UK, Nakalema as well proceeded with her education and attained a master’s degree in Law, at King’s College London.

Edith Nakalema also graduated in August 2018
Edith Nakalema graduated in August 2018 from Watchfield, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

Career – Lt. Col. Edith Nakalema

Before she arrived at the Uganda State House, Nakalema had worked in the finance department of the Special Forces Command (SPC).

She was part of a team that established a working financial and accounting system at the SFC.

In 2014, she was appointed to be the personal private secretary (PPS) to the President of Uganda, on the recommendation of the SFC. 

In November 2016, her role was elevated to that of personal assistant to the president, specifically taking charge of the president’s daily itinerary. She was replaced as PPS, by Molly Kamukama, a civilian.

In June 2017, Nakalema was selected to attend senior military training in the United Kingdom, where she also studied a master’s degree in Law at King’s College London.

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Currently, Nakalema serves as the head of the Anti-Corruption and Monitoring Unit, State House Uganda

Edith-Nakalema-was appointed by Museveni head of the Anti-Corruption and Monitoring Unit
Nakalema serves as the head of the Anti-Corruption and Monitoring Unit appointed by Museveni

Other Considerations

In November 2017, the New Vision newspaper in Kampala, Uganda reported that Major Edith Nakalema was a student at the Joint Services Command and Staff College (JSCSC), in the United Kingdom on State sponsorship.

As part of the international day celebrations by students at the military college, Nakalema showcased Ugandan attire, cuisine (including food and fruits) and cultural dances.

The showcase, attended by staff from Uganda’s high commission in London, impressed Air Vice-Marshal Chris Luck, the commander of the military school.

To celebrate her graduation from the Joint Services and Command Staff College at the United Kingdom Defense Academy in Shrivenham, Maj. Nakalema hosted staff and their families to a luncheon, attended by over 100 people from different countries.

Edith Nakalema Head Uganda State House Anti-Corruption Unit
She was appointed to deal with errant and corrupt officers

Promotion and Re-assignment

In December 2018, Nakalema was introduced at a public function as a Lieutenant Colonel, who is the head of the Presidential Anti-Corruption Unit, based at State House, in Kampala.

Also, in one of President Museveni’s address on Coronavirus outbreak in Uganda, Lt. Col. Edith Nakalema, head of the Anti-Corruption Unit of State House, was appointed to deal with errant and corrupt officers in the fight against COVID-19.

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In his address, Museveni warned security officers against mistreating people, especially during the enforcement of the Coronavirus lockdown and curfew directive.

He said his military assistant Lt. Col. Nakalema will be available to receive complaints about unbecoming behaviour especially corruption cited among some Resident District Commissioners (RDC) and Local Defense Units (LDU’s).

On Saturday morning, the President published Lt. Col. Edith Nakalema hotlines via his Twitter handle: “Last night, I announced that the public can report erring security officers/law enforcers to Edith Nakalema, especially those unnecessary harassing our people during this lockdown and curfew.

“The numbers to call are Toll-free: 0800202500, WhatsApp: 0778202500, SMS: 0778202500.”

Museveni’s directive followed reports that security officers were torturing people found outside their houses during curfew time. The President clarified that curfew does not mean being in the house. 

“It does not mean staying indoors. Home means in the house, on the veranda and in the compound. But do not visit the neighbourhood, don’t walk on the roads, don’t go to the bar.”

Edith Nakalema is a Born Again christian, together with Dr Serwadda at Namboole passover
Lt.Col. Nakalema poses for a photo with Dr Serwadda at Namboole passover festival

Religious Affiliation

Born Again Christian