A girl in Liberia holds a sign that reads, "Ebola is real. Please listen to your authority, keep washing your hands."

A Ugandan general leads the fight against Ebola.

Africa's Answer to Ebola

January 2015, Number 06.01

“Maj. Gen. Julius Oketta of Uganda spoke in October 2014 about the African Union Support to Ebola Outbreak in West Africa (ASEOWA), which he heads. He arrived in Monrovia, Liberia, in September to prepare for further deployments. The following interview has been edited for length and format.

per Concordiam: Please tell us about your background in the military and the Ugandan Parliament.

OKETTA: I went through the rank and file and then command from platoon to division commander. I was the chief of logistics and engineering for the Army, and then head of the procurement and disposal unit of the Ministry of Defense. I have become a member of parliament, one of the 10 members representing the Army.

per Concordiam: Have you participated in any other United Nations or African Union missions other than the current mission to fight Ebola?

OKETTA: I am currently a member of the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund in New York. I’m also a participant of the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) Pandemic Response Program, which has been participating in training all of us for a long time...”

Excerpt from per Concordiam Staff, “Africa's Answer to Ebola,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 6, No. 1, 2015: 36-39.

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