Brig. Ronnie Balya. Photo credit/URN.


Uganda’s Ambassador to South Sudan and former Director General of Internal Security Organisation Brig. Ronnie Balya has been recalled from his duty station to Kampala for redeployment.

According to reliable sources in security, Brig. Balya is already in Kampala carrying out some assignments.

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Balya served initially as a District Internal Security Officer (DISO) in Northern Uganda and Western Uganda. In 1997, Balya was moved to ISO headquarters where he served in various capacities like Director of Inspectorate, Director Analysis and Director Technical intelligence. In August 2006, Balya was appointed Deputy Director General of ISO.


In July 27, 2010, Balya was appointed Director General (DG) of ISO, replacing Amos Mukumbi who was given another engagement in government as Presidential Advisor. In December 2010, he was promoted to the rank of colonel and February 2014, he was promoted to the rank of brigadier.


 In January 2017, Balya was relieved off his duty as DG-ISO and sent to South Sudan as Uganda’s Ambassador. He was replaced by retired Col. Kaka Bagyenda who sources say is on his way out. Whereas it isn’t readily established why Brig. Balya is returning to replace a man, who replaced him, sources at ISO told Eagle Online that one of the reasons could be the issue of none payment of allowances for operatives for the last six months.

However, other sources said whereas it is true, Brig. Balya has been recalled, it wasn’t established where he going to be placed as it is rumoured that he is heading to Naguru at Police headquarters where he is going to replace Deputy Inspector General of Police Maj. Gen. Muzeeyi Sabiiti.

Before he removed from ISO, there had been a rumour to the effect that Brig. Balya was to replace Gen Kale Kayihura as IGP of police.