The Salvation Army commenced operations in Uganda in 1931 when Captain and Mrs Edward Osborne unfurled the flag in Mbale, as part of the East Africa Territory. Uganda became a separate command on 1 November 2005 and elevated to territory status on 1 March 2011.


General Brian Peddle and Commissioner Rosalie Peddle (WPWM) visited in September 2019. The General brough a message of hope and opened the four-storey hostel for cadets at the training college. A corps hall was constructed in Bukokho, becoming the largest and most modern corps in the territory. The General also commissioned songsters and bandsmen to the first territorial music sections in Uganda.

In February 2020, officers gathered at the new complex at the training college for council meetings, themed ‘The Past to Remember and Future to Pursue’.

Colonel Philomina Oklah (TPWM) and the Women’s Ministries team conducted a women’s empowerment and development seminar; 115 officers and soldiers attended and two officers from Kenya East Territory facilitated. The seminar equipped the women with income-generating skills. They also learnt about protecting children from domestic violence, pregnancy and forced marriage.

The territorial leaders visited the sustainable integrated development projects in eastern and western Uganda, funded by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation. The project focuses on economic empowerment, food security, nutrition, clean water, and sanitation.

COVID-19 brought everything to a standstill; public and church gatherings were prohibited so officers worshipped from their homes and the territorial leadership conducted weekly online worship meetings.

The territory supported communities affected by the lockdown; it assisted 1,000 households with food in the Masese-Bapu community and distributed soap, sanitiser and washing basins in Kampala and to refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan living in the Kyangwali camp. Close to 110,000 displaced people live in the camp.

The country was also badly affected by flooding and rising waters from Lake Victoria. Flood waters washed away a hospital in Kasese District. Eight people died and 100,000 families were displaced. The territory supported these families with essential items. Meanwhile the corps on the other side of the country were invaded by desert locusts.

Territorial Leaders

Colonel Samuel Oklah - Territorial Commander (1 April 2019)

Colonel Philomena Oklah - Command President for Women's Ministries

Lieut-Colonel Chatonda Theu - General Secretary (1 July 2018)

Lieut-Colonel Joyce Theu - Command Secretary for Women's Ministries


Territorial Headquarters

Plot 78-82 Lugogo Bypass




Postal address

PO Box 11776





Officers - 152 (active - 131  retired - 21)

Cadets - 17                Employees - 67

Corps - 97                  Outposts - 37          

Senior Soldiers - 15,267    Adherents - 596   Junior Soldiers - 10,419


Tel: + (254) 078 355 556

Kampala mobile:+(254) 078 855 556


Country included in the command: Uganda

Languages in which the gospel is preached: English, Kiswahili and a number of tribal languages