He was one of the key figures to emerge on Uganda’s military scene following independence in 1962.
Brig. Shaban Opolot was appointed Army Commander in 1964, becoming the first Ugandan to hold that office. He was one of the key figures to emerge on Uganda's military scene following independence in 1962.
He was deputized by Col. Idi Amin Dada. In the same year 1964, the three East African armies mutinied. In Kenya and Tanzania, the mutinous soldiers were punished while in Uganda, Obote rewarded them with promotions.