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Meet Maj. Gen. Ali Kiiza who has flown six Ugandan Presidents, four foreign heads of state

Maj. Gen. (rtd) Ali Kiiza

Maj. Gen Ali Kiiza is one of the first 3 Ugandans selected to fly the first Ugandan presidential Gulf Stream Aero jet acquired by the Government Uganda in 1972.

Since then, he has flown SIX Ugandan heads of state between 1972-2012 including President Kaguta Museveni.

Trained in Israel, USA and Iraq, Gen Kiiza is a veteran of the 1978 Uganda-Tanzania war in which he led the Uganda Army Airforce (UAAF) MiG-21 “Suicide Strike Command” squadron (nicknamed “Sungura” by Idi Amin) against the Tanzanian army & Ugandan exile rebel forces.

In 1972, he was part of the UAAF force that repulsed Ugandan exiles from Tanzania flying a Fouga Magister jet (one of 12 jets supplied by Israel in 1965) which was fired upon by the attacking forces; Luckily the bullets went through the unoccupied co-pilot’s seat.

Notable passengers in his distinguished career include among others 3 foreign presidents; Late South African President Nelson Mandela, Rwanda President Paul Kagame, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat & former Nigeria. President Gen. Yakubu Gowon after he was deposed during the African Union summit in 1976.

He retired in 2018 after 52 years of service but continues to serve as a senior presidential advisor on military (airforce) affairs.

Source: Uganda Military History 

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