Order of Katonga

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Order of Katonga
Awarded by Uganda
Type Single grade Order
Awarded for 'extraordinary heroism in the army'
Status Currently constituted
First awarded 2004
Total awarded 2
Next (higher) None
Next (lower) Kabalega Star
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The Order of Katonga (Swahili: Nishani ya Katonga) is the highest military decoration of the Ugandan Honours System. It is awarded very rarely for extraordinary heroism.[1]


The order is named after the final and decisive battle of the National Resistance Army during the Ugandan Bush War. It was fought near the Katonga River.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni decorated the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi on 6 April 2004 in Tripoli, honouring him for his contribution to the National Resistance Army (NRA) bush struggle that liberated Uganda from dictatorship, adding that Colonel Gaddaffi has always been at the forefront of the liberation of Africa and unification of the continent.[2]

Museveni also posthumously awarded former Tanzanian President Julius Nyerere in July 2007 at his hometown of Butiama for his assistance in liberating Africa from colonialism in general and Uganda from Idi Amin's rule in particular via the Uganda–Tanzania War. His wife Maria received the award on his behalf.[3]


Name Country Title
Muammar Gaddafi Libya 2nd Head of State of Libya
Julius Nyerere  Tanzania 1st President of Tanzania


  1. "Medals should be cherished". New Vision. 9 June 2013. Retrieved 13 October 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Grace Naisamura (22 May 2004). "Museveni decorates Qaddaffi". Mail-archive.com. Retrieved 16 June 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Museveni honours Nyerere". New Vision. 10 July 2007. Retrieved 13 October 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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