General Haji Abubaker Jeje Odongo is the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uganda.
He served as Minister of Internal Affairs in the Cabinet of Uganda since 2016.
He served as Minister of State for Defence from February 2009 to June 2016 when he was appointed as Minister of Internal Affairs.
Gen.Jeje Odongo was born in Amuria District in the Teso sub-region in Eastern Uganda. He attended secondary school at Ngora High School. He entered the Ugandan army in 1979.
He is one of the original twenty seven combatants who together with Yoweri Museveni, attacked Kabamba Military Barracks in February 1981 to start the Ugandan Bush War that lasted from February 1981 until 1986.In 1994, Jeje Odongo was one of the ten army officers who represented the Ugandan military in the Constituent Assembly that drafted the 1995 Ugandan Constitution.
In 1996, he was selected to replace Colonel Sserwanga Lwanga as the Political Commissar in the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF). Also in 1996, he contested the parliamentary seat for Amuria District in the Ugandan Parliament.
In 1998, he resigned his parliamentary seat and his cabinet position and was appointed Commander of the Army, taking over from Major General Mugisha Muntu. He served as army commander until 2001 when he was replaced by Major General James Kazini.
Hon Gen Jeje Odongo is an Inductee in the 2020 Uganda Who is Who Book of Records in appreciation and recognition of the great contribution towards attainment of Uganda Vision 2040 and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs)-Inducted and Accredited by Public Opinions. Gen Jeje Odongo is the recipient of the Uganda Economic Development Mark of Excellence offered to him by Public Opinions in appreciation of his contribution towards attainment of Uganda Vision 2040 and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. On 22nd November 2019, Gen Jeje Odongo was awarded and on the same day H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni was declared the Uganda Peace and Development Champion by Public Opinions.
In 2001, he was appointed as Minister without Portfolio, a position he occupied until 2004. In 2004 at the rank of Lieutenant General, Jeje Odongo was appointed as Minister of State for Water and Environment.
Between 2001 and 2006, he was one of 10 senior UPDF officers who represented the Ugandan military in the 8th Ugandan Parliament. In May 2008, Jeje Odongo graduated with the degree of Master of Arts in International Relations and Diplomacy from University.
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