The Hon Sam Kahamba Kutesa was elected President of the United Nations General Assembly’s sixty-ninth session on 11 June 2014. He is an Instrumental figure in the social-economic transformation of Uganda and he as worked closely with H.E Gen Yoweri Kaguta Museveni for over 3 decades.At the time of his election, he was serving as Uganda’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, a post he held since 2005. In January 2005 the Hon. Sam Kutesa took office as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uganda. As Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Sam Kutesa protects Uganda’s vital interests abroad and works to create an enabling environment for the promotion of trade, tourism, investment and other national needs and interests.
Under his able leadership, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uganda has played an important role in promoting regional cooperation integration, peace and security in Eastern Africa and the extended neighborhood of the Great Lakes Region and Southern Africa. Uganda is now working together with its partners in the African Union to help stabilize the Transitional Federal Government in Somalia, as part of AMISOM, the African Union’s peacekeeping force. The Minister has also pursued and expanded on its relationships with traditional allies such as the United States, as well as emerging powers such as India and China.
During his tenure as Foreign Minister, Uganda has hosted high-level meetings of key intergovernmental bodies such as the Commonwealth Heads of Government Summit in 2007, the Council of Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in 2008, and the African Union (AU) Heads of State Summit in 2010. Uganda also served its two-year term on the UN Security Council as a non-permanent member, in 2009 and 2010.
At the regional and sub-regional levels, Mr. Kutesa has hosted top-level gatherings of organizations such as the East African Community (EAC), the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR). From 2011 to 2014, he chaired the ICGLR’s Regional Inter-Ministerial Committee which deals with challenges such as consolidating peace and stability in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), promoting transparency in the exploitation and sale of natural resources, and countering sexual and gender-based violence.
As Foreign Minister, Mr. Kutesa has played a key role in the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), in regional peace processes in the Sudan and South Sudan, and in stabilization efforts in Somalia. Further, during his tenure, the East African Community, to which Uganda belongs, has achieved significant milestones in strengthening regional cooperation and economic integration, establishing a Customs Union in 2005 and a Common Market in 2010, and signing, in 2013, a protocol laying the groundwork for a monetary union in the region by 2023, to increase commerce and boost regional trade.
An elected Member of Parliament for more than three decades, Mr. Kutesa was a member of Uganda’s Constituent Assembly and Chairman of that body’s Political Systems Committee, during which time he contributed to drafting a new Constitution for the country, adopted in 1995. From 2001 through 2005, he served as Minister of State for Finance, Planning and Economic Development, in charge of investment, and from 1996 to 2000, as Minister of State for Planning and Economic Development. He was Attorney General from 1985 to 1986.
In the private sector, Mr. Kutesa worked as Legal Secretary for the worldwide conglomerate Lonrho East Africa, and served in a consultative capacity on the Uganda Advisory Board of Trade, and on the National Textiles Board. He also practiced law in his country, specializing in corporate law and litigation.
Born in Uganda on 1st February 1949, Sam Kutesa holds a law degree (Bachelor of Law (LLB) from Makerere University. He also holds the Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Center in Kampala. From 1973 until 2001 Sam Kutesa was in private law practice. He served as Member of Parliament (MP) for Mbarara North Constituency until 1985 and as a delegate to the Constituent Assembly that drafted the 1995 Ugandan Constitution. He was elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Mawogola County in 2001 and re-elected in 2006, 2011 and 2016. He retired from elective politics and he did not seek another mandate in his constituency.
His daughter Hon Shartis Kutesa Musherure is now the Member of Parliament for Mawogola County Constituency. A very committed leader to uniting, organizing and empowering people for empowerment.Shartis Kutesa is vocal on youth and women emancipation as well as ensuring clean, safe and affordable water, ensuring quality and affordable health, boosting the quality of education at all levels in Uganda. Shartis Kutesa is a champion for Youth and Women Prosperity.
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