Here are the top 46 most powerful personalities working very closely with President Museveni.
in the quest to attain Uganda vision 2040 and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in Uganda spearheaded by H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, he has a strong team of of people fully dedicated to deliver the best to the people of Uganda.
Here below are the people who hold real power and influence in the NRM Government. They are the people who have open access to H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and have proved to serve not only the president but also the people of Uganda. Public Opinions is committed to provide you with well researched facts and news updates.
- BRIG GEN BOB OGIKI. He is the Chief of Staff, Land Forces in UPDF.He attended intake 37 in Monduli, Tanzania in 1997, and was commissioned at the rank of corporal.At the rank of Colonel, Gen Ogiki became the Amisom Uganda battle group XIV commander in 2015 replacing Col Frank Kyambadde in Somalia.During the South Sudan conflict, in 2013, he was deployed as operational commander under the overall command of then Col Muhanga Mayanja.He was later deployed as the deputy commandant of the senior command and staff college, Kimaka as deputy commandant.He was recently appointed the military chief of staff at the African Union Mission in Somalia.
- BRIG GEN JOHNSON NAMANYA
Brig Gen Johnson Namanya is the Commissioner for Citizenship and Passport Control at the Ministry of Internal Affairs. The Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control is a Public Service Institution under the Ministry of Internal Affairs and is responsible for managing migration to and from Uganda. The Directorate is also the Secretariat of the National Citizenship and Immigration Board established under Article 16 of the Constitution and a member of Justice Law and Order Sector.
- BRIG GEN. FELIX BUSIZOORI Deputy Commander of the Special Forces Command (SFC).Having joined the UPDF in 1997, Busizoori completed the recruit course in 1998, and a year later in 1999, he completed the Cadet course.The new deputy SFC commander did a VIP course in 2000, a Political Education and leadership Development Course at NALI, Kyankwanzi in 2006, and a Company Commander’s Course in Jinja, the same year.In 2007, Brig Busizoori did a Junior Command and Staff Course in Jinja as well as an Intelligence Course, the same year before the Senior Command and Staff Course at Kimaka between 2014 and 2015 and later another course at the United States Army War College between 2017 and 2018.Having started as an Infantry Platoon Commander in 1999, Brig Busizoori served in the position until 2001 before being elevated to become the second in command for Special Company, a position he served in between 2001 and 2003.In 2003, he was appointed Officer Commanding Special Company, a position he served in until 2006 when he became an Officer Commanding Detail Company until 2011.In 2011, Busizoori became the Commanding Officer Marines until 2012 when he became the Director Plans and Strategy, a position he served in for one year until 2013 when he was appointed the Director Operations until 2018.In 2018, he was appointed the Director Personnel and Administration in the Special Forces Command, a position he has held until last week when he was appointed the deputy SFC commander.4. BRIG GEN. PETER CANDIA Commander of the Special Forces Command. Brig Candia served as the Special Forces Command deputy commander.Having completed his Officer Cadet in 1999 from the School of Infantry in Jinja, the man born in Madi- Okolo in West Nile has attended several other courses that make him fit for the new position.Candia did a Protective Operation, Defensive Marksmanship and Tactical Shooting Training course in 1999, a Tank Crew course at the Armoured Warfare Training School in Kalama, a year later in 2000. He also attended the Tank Platoon Command Course in 2001, a Tank Company Command Course, 2002 and a Tank Battalion Command Course in 2003, all at the Armoured Warfare Training School in Kalama.Brig Candia also attended an Instructors Certification Course at the Luweero Industries in 2006, VIP protection training by South African Police Service in 2007, Training of Trainers Course at the National Leadership Institute, Kyankwanzi in 2008, Political Education and Leadership Development Course at National Leadership Institute, Kyankwanzi in 2008 and a course at the Senior Command and Staff College, Kimaka between 2013 and 2014. The new Special Forces Commander attended the Multinational Force Headquarter Command and Staff Training Course in Kenya in 2015, before a two-year course in Military Security of the State in Russia between 2015 and 2017.Brig Candia served as an Infantry Platoon Commander until 2004 when he was elevated to a Tank Platoon Commander and a year later in 2005, he became a Tank Squadron Commander.In 2006, Candia became a Tank Battalion procurement officer, a Tank Battalion maintenance officer between 2006 and 2008, Tank Battalion operations and training officer between 2009 and 2011 as well as a Tank Battalion commanding officer between 2011 and 2013.In 2014, Brig Candia was elevated to become the Director for strategy and plans in the Special Forces Command before he became the commander for Special Forces Group between 2017 and 2019.In 2019, Brig Candia was appointed the deputy commander in the Special Forces Command, a position he has held until Thursday when he was elevated as the SFC overall commander.
5. DON WANYAMA CEO-Vision Group
Don Wanyama is the Managing Director/CEO OF Vision Group. He served as Senior Presidential Press Secretary to H.E the President of the Republic of Uganda.Mr Don Wanyama is a trained teacher and journalist.He joined the Daily Monitor in 2008 as an assistant chief sub editor having worked at New Vision as a junior sub editor.
In 2009, he was promoted to a deputy chief sub editor and a year later named chief sub editor. In May 2013, he was named managing editor for daily editions.In 2015, he left Daily Monitor and was appointed special media assistant, Office of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) chairman (President Museveni).In 2016, he was appointed political editor New Vision before he joined State House in the same year, as Senior Presidential Press Secretary.
Mr Wanyama’s career journey in brief
- 2007 – Junior Sub Editor, New Vision
- 2009 – Deputy Chief Sub Editor, Daily Monitor
- 2010 – Chief Sub Editor, Daily Monitor
- 2013 – Managing Editor, Daily Monitor
- 2015 – Special Media Assistant, Office of NRM Chairman
- 2016- Political editor New Vision
- 2016 – Senior Presidential Press Secretary, State House
- 2021 – Chief Executive Officer, Vision Group
6. DR DIANA ATWIINE Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health. She is a Ugandan medical doctor and civil servant. She is the incumbent Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health. She was appointed to that position on 4 November 2016 by Yoweri Museveni, the president of Uganda. She is considered by many ugandans according to our survey as the best permanent secretary in the ministry of Health. Prior to her deployment in ministry of health,she served as Head of the State House Health Monitoring Unit.
- DR OMONA KENNETH is the Principal Private Secretary to H.E the President of the Republic of Uganda. He assumed this position on 24th December 2019 replacing Hon Molly Kamukama. Dr. Omona heads the Private Office and Household of H.E the President. He is the overall coordinator, supervisor, and manager of the related staff and functional units. All heads of related units, as well as private secretaries, report to the Dr Omona. He is very instrumental in the affairs and activities of H.E the President.Dr Kenneth Omona served as Member of Parliament for Kaberamaido County. He also served as the Deputy National Treasurer of the National Resistance Movement (NRM).He is the sixth Principal Private Secretary (PPS) after Sserwanga Lwanga, Amelia Kyambadde, Grace Akello, Mary Amajo, and Molly Kamukama.Dr Omona Kenneth Olusegun is a born of Kaberamaido. He was born in an old settlement but also multi-ethnic place of civilization. He was born in an in a home whose immediate neighbors on one side had a Muganda and on the other side had Iteso, another side had a Mugwere and Mugisu, and on the other side a Munyoro and a Langi.Both his mother and father migrated to Kaberamaido where the father owned land by 1968. He was born to very humble parents. His father was not known. His father was dealing in cotton with a certain cooperative society and that is how he settled in Kaberamaido.His father is called Saul Nyeko and he is still alive. His late mother was called Tabitha Akulo who passed on in 1989 and was buried in Kaberamaido. Dr Omona grew up in a very active Acholi community and every festive season they gathered together and practiced their cultural dances. His mother had a lot to do with his life. She was a very social and kind person. So many people grew up in their home, some of whom were not relatives at all but found happiness in the home. As poor as she was, she gave hope to a number of people.Dr Kenneth Omona was born on 16th of August 1974 in Kaberamaido; Omona went to Kaberamaido Primary School which was a stone’s throw away from his parents’ home. He would wake up in the morning, do garden work and by 8:30am he had to be at the parade. In his primary school, he became a timekeeper because he was very passionate about keeping time and in the seventh year; he became the assistant head prefect which made him to inspect the parade every morning of pupils and speak to them and this gave him a very high sense of responsibility and self-esteem.He attended Kaberamaido Secondary School for Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) where he was elected the Library prefect and he was able to read all kinds of useful information that he would use as a source of confidence. He was the best in Uganda Certificate of Education Examination at Kaberamaido Secondary School. He joined Teso College for Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) where he was elected the Head Prefect. From Kaberemaiado,Omona went to live with his relative in Entebbe and he got an opportunity to teach in Nkumba College School and later on the director of the school entrusted him and he became the deputy and director of studies in Nkumba college school.He holds a diploma in medicine from Mbale School of Clinical Officers. He joined Makerere University for a Bachelor’s Degree in Medicine. He was an active member of the Acholi students association which later on proposed to volunteer to fight the rebellion in the north. It was through this association that Omona met President Museveni in 2008. Omona was one of the top organizers of the Acholi Students Conference at Makerere University which was presided over by H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. In his speech at the function in Makerere,Omona said “we cannot wait for our mothers to be raped and fathers and uncles to be killed in cold blood” and in response President Museveni said :as guest of honour, I will not speak because Dr Omona has made my speech-All I can do is to only emphasize”.Dr Omona is happily married with two children.
- DR SAM MAYANJA Minister of State for Lands
Ministry of Lands,Housing and Urban Development
Sam is a founding partner of Kampala Associated Advocates (KAA) and heads the Banking and Finance Department. He has been practicing as a lawyer for almost 45 years and is recognized as a leading authority on land law and in the Ugandan banking and financial services sector. His main areas of practice include banking and finance, real estate, agriculture and litigation.Over the years, Sam has distinguished himself across numerous sectors within the law. Prior to joining KAA, he worked with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa as a Legal Adviser on the Transcontinental Highway from Lagos to Mombasa and was the Bank Secretary at the Uganda Development Bank. He was retained as a legal consultant by the World Bank and worked on setting up the legal framework for the Northern Corridor Transport and Transit Organization.
A respected draftsperson and writer, Sam represented the Uganda Bankers Association in the drafting of the present code of conduct of Ugandan Banks, and was part of the team that drafted the current Financial Institutions Act, the Condominium Properties Act, Expropriated Properties Act, East African Development Bank Act, among others. Sam is a notable writer and has published numerous legal publications.
Sam has represented various clients in litigation matters pertaining to banking and finance, constitutional petitions, land law and insolvency laws. He has represented the President of Uganda in three presidential election petitions.
Sam was recognised by Public Opinions in 2012 with the 2012 Pearl of Africa Life time Achievement Award (PALITA Award).
- GEN JAMES MUGIRA CEO/Managing Director National Enterprises Corporation (NEC).
Lt. Gen James Mugira is a lawyer by profession with a first class honours Degree in Law from Makerere University, a postgraduate diploma in legal practice from LDC, Master of Laws in International Business Law from the famous University of Manchester and Master of Arts in International Affairs from Legon University in Ghana.Mugira was born 24th January, 1964. He is a son to Mzee Wilson and Marjorie Kaguhangire. He grew up in Rushere Nyabushozi and attended Rushere Primary School where he completed the primary level in 1977 as a top student.In 1978, he joined Ntare School in Mbarara where he spent six years of both ordinary and advanced level education.In October 1984, he applied and was admitted at Makerere University to pursue a bachelor of Laws degree.Due to the political instability during the Obote II regime, Mugira abandoned his University education in 1985 and joined the NRA to participate in the liberation struggle. Four years later in 1989, NRM granted study leave to all Makerere University students that were interested in continuing with their studies.
James Mugira resumed school and the then Lieutenant graduated in March 1992 with a first class honour’s degree in law becoming one of the very few lawyers to attain such a fate. He proceeded to the Law Development center (LDC) to pursue a one year postgraduate diploma in law and he graduated in 1993 with a high distinction.
In the same year he got a scholarship to study a master of laws degree in International Business Law at the famed University of Manchester in the United Kingdom. Upon graduation in 1994, Mugira was enrolled as an advocate of the high court of Uganda and subordinate courts thereto. In 1995, he was appointed as a Private Secretary to H.E Yoweri Museveni.
General James Mugira has attended a number of military courses including the Cadre Development course in 1986, Officer’s Basic Intelligence Course in 1987 and a Company Commanders Course at the famous Monduli Military Academy in Tanzania in 1998.
In 1999, Brig. James Mugira having actively participated in the negotiations and the drafting of the Lusaka Cease Fire Agreement, he was appointed by the president as the head of the Uganda Team on the Joint Military Commission, a body that was created under the Lusaka Cease Fire Agreement to oversee its implementation
At the rank of a Major, he was appointed the Deputy Chief of Military Intelligence. In 2002, he was nominated to attend a one-year senior command course at the Ghana Armed Forces command in Accra Ghana. It is during this period that he pursued yet another Masters Degree in International Affairs at Legon University in Ghana.
In 2004, the then Lt. Col. James Mugira and deputy CMI was sent for an International Intelligence Directors course at the defence intelligence and security center, Chick sands in the United Kingdom and in 2005, he did another military intelligence course at the Joint Military Intelligence College in Washington DC, USA and after he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He was later in the same year promoted to the rank of full Colonel and was appointed the commander of the UPDF Armoured Brigade based in Masaka where he served for 3 years until 2008.
He was promoted to the rank of Brigadier the same year and appointed the Chief of Military Intelligence. Mugira served as the head of CMI for 3 years until the end of 2011 when he was appointed the Managing Director of the only defence industry- Luwero Industries.
In 2015 he was appointed the Managing Director of National Enterprise Corporation (NEC), a commercial outfit of the military. Under his leadership, NEC has diversified into various business namely; construction, engineering, farming, medical, manufacturing etc.
In his military career, he has served as a member of different forums including the historical UPDF High Command, the High Command, the Defence Forces Council and various other forums in the East African Community.
Gen James Mugira is a proud recipient of various awards and medals including the Luwero Triangle Medal, the Independence Medal and the African Union Medal.
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- GEN JEJE ODONGO Minister of Foreign Affairs
Gen. Haji Abubaker Jeje Odongo was inducted in the 2020 Uganda Who is Who Book of Records and Rated on the List of Uganda TOP50 Most Influential and Best Performing Ministers of the Cabinet of the Government of Uganda by Public Opinions the Leading organization working towards attainment of Uganda Vision 2040 and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals through Strategic Research, Public Awareness, Information Dissemination, Public Relations, Public Advisory as well as Personal and Corporate Profiling.
- General Haji Abubaker Jeje Odongo is the Minister of Internal Affairs in the Cabinet of Uganda since 2016. He served as Minister of State for Defence from February 2009 to June 2016.He was appointed as Minister of Internal Affairs on 6 June 2016.Gen.Jeje Odongo was born in Amuria District in the Teso sub-region in Eastern Uganda. He attended secondary school at Ngora High School. He entered the Ugandan army in 1979. He is one of the original twenty seven combatants who together with Yoweri Museveni, attacked Kabamba Military Barracks in February 1981 to start the Ugandan Bush War that lasted from February 1981 until 1986.In 1994, Jeje Odongo was one of the ten army officers who represented the Ugandan military in the Constituent Assembly that drafted the 1995 Ugandan Constitution. In 1996, he was selected to replace Colonel Sserwanga Lwanga as the Political Commissar in the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF). Also in 1996, he contested the parliamentary seat for Amuria District in the Ugandan Parliament.In 1998, he resigned his parliamentary seat and his cabinet position and was appointed Commander of the Army, taking over from Major General Mugisha Muntu. He served as army commander until 2001 when he was replaced by Major General James Kazini. In 2001, he was appointed as Minister without Portfolio, a position he occupied until 2004. In 2004 at the rank of Lieutenant General, Jeje Odongo was appointed as Minister of State for Water and Environment.
Between 2001 and 2006, he was one of 10 senior UPDF officers who represented the Ugandan military in the 8th Ugandan Parliament. In May 2008, Jeje Odongo graduated with the degree of Master of Arts in International Relations and Diplomacy from University. On 16 February 2009, he was promoted to General and appointed Minister of State for Defence. After seven years in that post, he was appointed as Minister of Internal Affairs in the cabinet on 6 June 2016.
Hon Gen Jeje Odongo is an Inductee in the 2020 Uganda Who is Who Book of Records in appreciation and recognition of the great contribution towards attainment of Uganda Vision 2040 and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs)-Inducted and Accredited by Public Opinions.
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- GEN WILSON MBADDI
Chief of Defense Forces Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF)
He was born in June 1962 in Kasese District,. Wilson Mbasu Mbadi is a high ranking General and the Chief of Defense Forces of the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF).
Mbadi is one of Uganda’s most well trained soldiers.He joined Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) in 1986 shortly after Museveni’s capture of power as a youthful 24 year old boy.
In 1991, Mbadi left for a one year Officer Cadet course at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst where he was the best in his class at the time of graduation.
He attended Platoon Commander’s Course at Uganda School of Infantry located in Jinja at the time in 1992 .Mbadi attended Uganda Junior Staff College in Jinja.
He attended Mobile International Defense Management Course in Lusaka Zambia and Company Command Course in Tanzania both in 1998.
He was selected for the Combat Group Command Course at Armored Corps Center and School which is located in Ahmadnagar, India and was one of the best performers in 2001.
Mbadi attended the Senior Command and Staff Course at the National Defense College, Kenya (NDCK) and he completed the Peace Support Operations Course (PSTC) at Karen Kenya both in 2004.
He graduated with a Diploma in Strategic Studies at the University of Nairobi in 2005 while in 2007; he would graduate with a Masters degree in Strategic Studies from Air War College at Maxwell Air Force in Alabama, United States of America.
In his 35 year military career, Wilson Mbasu Mbadi has served in various positions with various progressing military ranks. He served as a Junior Noncommissioned Instructor at Kaweweta and Kabamba Recruit Training Schools.
In the year 1997-1998, he was appointed as the Director of Supplies. Mbadi served as an armoured Brigade Logistics Officer 1999. He also served as the Brigade Administrative Officer in 2000. He was Directing Staff, at the Uganda Junior Staff College in Jinja, 503 Infantry Brigade Operations and Training officer in 2001/2002 and an Armored Brigade Operations and Training Officer.
He was also installed the Commander Armored Brigade, in an acting capacity and Commander of the 507 Brigade.In 2006, Wilson Mbasu Mbadi was appointed Principal Air Staff Officer (Pers and Admin) at Uganda Peoples Defence Air Force Headquarters.
He was attached Aide-de-Camp (ADC) to the President of Uganda, serving in that capacity until December 2012. He served as the Commander of the 4th Infantry Division of UPDF, based in Gulu.
Mbadi was appointed the Deputy Chief of Defense Forces in 2017 a position he held until June 2021. On June 24, 2021 Wilson Mbasu Mbadi was appointed as the Chief of Defense Forces the highest military office in Uganda as he replaced Gen. David.
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- LT. GEN MUHOOZI KAINERUGABA
Commander of Land Forces
Uganda people’s Defense Forces (UPDF)
- GEN SABIITI MUZEYI
Managing Director,Luwero Industries Limited
- GEN SALIM SALEH NRA Protracted Bush War Hero and Oversee Operations Wealth Creation (OWC)
General Salim Saleh is a Recipient of the Uganda Responsible Investment Mark of Excellence Award offered on 31st March 2021 by Public Opinions. Gen Salim Saleh-Caleb Akandwanaho is a recipient of the Uganda Responsible Investment Mark of Excellence as the 2020/2021 Uganda Poverty Alleviation and Wealth Creation Champion. He was declared the Uganda Poverty Alleviation and Wealth Creation Champion by Public Opinions and Youth Coordination Centre on 31st March 2021 during an award ceremony presided over by H.E Massimilliano Mazzanti the Ambassador of Italy to Uganda and H.E Dr Patrick Bitature Chairman of the Simba Group of Companies. He is an NRA Protracted Liberation war Hero and one of the most admired and cherished high ranking military official in Uganda. He is a founder member of the Joint Clinical research Centre as well as the Founder and chief promoter of Operations wealth Creation which was launched by H.E the President in July 2013 as an intervention to efficiently facilitate national socio-economic transformation, with a focus on raising household incomes and wealth creation by transforming subsistence farmers into commercial farmers to end poverty.Gen. Caleb Akandwanaho was born on 14th January 1960) and is now a retired Ugandan military officer. He is currently the Senior Presidential Advisor to the President on military matters and Chief Coordinator of Operations Wealth Creation (OWC). He served as Minister of State for microfinance from 2006 to 2008.In 1976, aged 16, he left Kako Secondary School in Masaka to join the Front for National Salvation (FRONASA) which was a Tanzania-based rebel group formed and led by his brother Yoweri Museveni to fight against the regime of Idi Amin to Liberate the people of Uganda. Together with his friend Fred Rwigyema and his brother Museveni, he trained in Mozambique with Samora Machel’s FRELIMO rebels. It was there that he adopted Salim Saleh as his nom de guerre. In 1978, FRONASA merged with other anti-Amin groups in Tanzania and formed the Uganda National Liberation Army (UNLA) who together with Tanzanian armed forces captured Kampala in April 1979 sending Idi Amin into exile. Saleh was later made a platoon commander of a UNLA unit in Moroto District. Following the bitterly contested December 1980 elections, Museveni declared an armed protracted Liberation struggle the Government of Milton Obote.Salim Saleh joined the National Resistance Army that would last until 1986. In January 1986, Salim Saleh commanded NRA’s assault on Kampala which eventually led to the demise of Tito Okello’s regime with Museveni becoming President. NRA became the National Army, with Salim Saleh as a commanding officer, General Elly Tumwine as the Army Commander and Museveni as the Commander-in-chief.Salim Saleh proceeded to command an army division against rebel groups that were remnants of the UNLA, including Uganda People’s Democratic Army (UPDA) in northern parts of the country. He was instrumental in working out a peace deal with the UPDA. He has since been committed to social economic transformation of all communities in Northern Uganda.
Gen.Saleh succeeded Elly Tumwine as Army Commander in 1987, and held the post until 1989.He later became the senior presidential advisor on defence and security (1996–1998) and the commander of the army’s Reserve Force (1990–2001) involved in resettling army veterans of the NRA Bush War.
In 2005, Salim Saleh, then a Lieutenant General, was one of the pioneer class to graduate from the Uganda Senior Command and Staff College at Kimaka in Jinja. Following that course, he was promoted to the rank of General in the UPDF.Prior to the 2006 General Elections, Salim Saleh went back to school and obtained an A-level certificate, the minimum requirement to become a member of Parliament of Uganda. Following the elections, he was appointed Minister of State for Microfinance.
A HOLIDAY TRIP THAT TURNED INTO A REVOLUTIONARY STRUGGLE- AS NARRATED BY GEN SALIM SALEH IN 2013
I had just completed the second term in senior one at Kako Secondary School. I was 16 years of age in the year 1976. My sister Violet Kajubiri, then a teaching assistant at Makerere, insisted that I go to Kampala for holidays.
Upon reaching Makerere, I was pleasantly surprised by violet who had organized a trip for me to visit my brother (now President Yoweri Museveni) in Moshi, Tanzania. She brought a ticket to Nairobi and I boarded the Akamba bus for my first visit outside the boarders of Uganda. Little did I know that this trip would be the beginning of my participation in the struggle that would liberate Uganda.
In Nairobi, I was received by a private contact, a gentleman called Kajungu, who facilitated my trip to Tanzania. When I arrived in Tanzania, Mzee (President Yoweri Museveni) encouraged me to join a group that he had sent to Mozambique for training. I think Mzee had agreed with Violet and they had mooted a plan without consulting my parents. He was concerned about my security in Uganda and contended that the circumstances were not conducive for me to study, that is was better for me to struggle against the regime than to pursue a bleak future. After all, the dictatorship of the day was aware that he was organizing and mobilizing to fight it.
Whereas I was a aware of the suffering Amin’s regime had unleashed upon Ugandans, I did not appreciate military and political struggles. In fact at 16, my appreciation of economic struggles was also dismal. As such, my most cherished dream at that age was to be the first man to shoot at Amin, the man I knew to be Uganda’s major problem. Moreover I didn’t find the studies I had been compelled to undertake very appealing. I was delighted to have been availed the opportunity to abandon seemingly fruitless pursuits of education for more exciting roles. Destroy led me to Mozambique, where, together with other combatants, we were trained in revolutionary warfare.
Therefore, the foundation of my views on several issues bears root in the experience in Mozambique and it influences and informs my opinion and decisions to-date. We studied Walter Rodney, ‘How Europe Under developed Africa’, ‘Dogs of War’, and several other inspiring ones. Mzee had formed the Front for National Salvation (FRONASA), one of the fighting groups based in Tanzania to overthrow the dictatorship. As the momentum against the Idi Amin dictatorship mounted, I became actively involved in combat alongside the Tanzanian Army although Mzee preferred to keep me away from direct fighting on account of my tender age.
I was assigned Liaison Officer for FRONASA and eventually Battalion Commander of the Red Army. Amin had provoked the Tanzanians by invading Kagera River Basin, an opportunity Mzee took advantage of to fight on. Amin eventually lost power in 1979.
At this point in time, I was still not well informed about politics and other socio-economic matters. The overthrow of Idi Amin was very fulfilling for me. I believed that the major problem was now solved and that it was up to the politicians and the professionals to clear up the political and socio-economic mess created by Idi Amin. But alas, this expectation did not materialize, for some countrymen were still interested in maintaining the status quo for selfish and parochial ends. The Obotes were later to hijack the revolution. I therefore realized that my earlier dream of eliminating Amin was indeed a dream, an oversimplification of a much broader political problem. The Amins and Obotes were a creation of the ignorance that our society was embedded in and the colonial set-up that had provided a fertile ground upon which such rulers emerged and thrived. It was therefore our duty to re-direct the cause and break the ground that enabled such a monstrous system to exist.
After the overthrow of Amin’s dictatorship the Red Army was disbanded and I was deployed to Mubende as a Recruit Instructor. Although I was bitter about the demotion from Commander of a Battalion to instructor, I took the opportunity to regularize my position in the Ugandan Army (the UNLA). I was selected to undergo a senior Non-commissioned Officers’ course (NCO’s) in Jinja, upon completion of which I was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in 1980 by the former President, H.E Godfrey Lukongwa Binaisa. However, Oyite Ojok, then serving as chief of staff of UNLA, deployed me to Moroto in Karamoja as a tactic to scatter FRONASA forces into disarray. FRONASA had been identified as a patriotic force and a potential threat to the regime. Therefore, the plan was to post us very far away from Kampala.
JOINING THE NATIONAL RESISTANCE STRUGGLE
After the 1980 elections were rigged, Mzee decided to wage war against the regime. He formed the Popular Resistance Army (PRA) that was later named the National Resistance Army (NRA) to struggle for a fundamental change that would guarantee the freedom of Ugandans.
On February 6, 1981, Tarehe Sita now marked yearly as a public holiday in Uganda, the Popular Resistance Army led by Mzee, composed of twenty-seven lightly armed men and a number of others without arms attacked Kabamba school of Infantry. I, however, learnt of the attack on Kabamba by the twenty-seven comrades from BBC Focus on Africa radio program at Kidepo National Park in North Eastern Uganda, where I had been posted.
Before I left to Kidepo, I saw many unexplained movements of vehicles in Moroto. The late Lt. Fred Rubereza was in charge and all pointers indicated that they were organizing. Whenever I asked him what was taking place and even offered my services to escort anything from Kenya to Uganda, he declined and said, “they would not trust me with the work”. The organization was very cautious and I think it was decided that it was risky to tell me about the move to the bush, on grounds that I was considered careless and adventurous. When l eventually got to know from BBC, I was dumb-founded to learn from the late Rubereza that he, all along had known what was happening!
In the same year, Oyite Ojok arrested me on trumped up charges of stealing a sweater for which I was sent to Moroto Prison. I was later given bail by a sympathetic magistrate called Otim but at the instigation and facilitation of Dora (Mrs. Pecos Kutesa), Lt. Wamala Katumba (nowa General) and other little girl, a sister of Lt. Dampa. We boarded a truck to Kampala and hid in a house in Bugolobi that was later destroyed by the UNLA. Gen.Wamala Katumba guided my escape to Matugga from where I joined the National Resistance Army struggle for freedom.
The revolutionary conviction and the comradeship experienced during the struggle of NRA were exceptional. The sacrifices we endured during the period were very soulful, as was the demise of both combatants and civilians. We faced what seemed an impossible mission, with an onerous and daunting task of capturing state power.
The patriotic spirit we had imbibed in Mozambique, the conviction our cause was right and achievable and the popular support of the masses illuminated in us the consciousness that the sacrifices we were undergoing were justified. Indeed in 1986 we were able to capture state power. I commanded the first mobile division that captured Kampala. In the same year, I was appointed Chief of Combat Operations of the NRA up to 1989 when at the age of 29, I was appointed Army Commander.
Destiny had determined my career as a revolutionary freedom fighter in 1976 and I had taken part in several victories registered in landmark battles. The population accorded me respect arising from this contribution they considered heroic. Even when I was at the pinnacle of power and had all material benefits a person could have, I remained very concerned about the poverty and the suffering many Ugandans were going through. Each passing day, I received many people seeking financial assistance, several of them with genuine cases.
I have a strong sense of feeling for others and always hoped for the day I would actively contribute to the improvement of the standards of living of fellow citizens.
Today, I am glad that after my patriotic struggles for a fundamental change that has guaranteed the freedom of Ugandans, I am now in the lead of transforming our society by improving their household incomes through Operation Wealth Creation. I appeal to fellow countrymen to support this noble cause for the good of all Ugandans. With the guaranteed peace and security across the country, improvement of the standards of living of fellow citizens will have answered my life time dream.
- GEN. LEOPOLD KYANDA
Joint Chief Of Staff
Uganda People’s Defense Forces16. HON BETTY AMONGI AKENA Minister Of Gender,Labour And Social Development (MGLSD).
Hon.Betty Amongi Akena was inducted in the 2020 Uganda Who and Who Book of Records and Rated on the List of Uganda TOP50 Most Influential and Best Performing Ministers of the Cabinet of the Government of Uganda by Public Opinions the Leading organization working towards attainment of Uganda Vision 2040 and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals through Strategic Research, Public Awareness, Information Dissemination, Public Relations, Public Advisory as well as Personal and Corporate Profiling.Betty Amongi Akena is the Minister of Gender,Labour and Social Development. She served as Cabinet Minister of Kampala Capital City in the Cabinet of Uganda since 14 December 2019.Before that, from 6 June 2016 until 14 December 2019, she served as the Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development in Uganda’s cabinet.She is also the incumbent member of parliament representing the Oyam South Constituency in the 10th Parliament (2016 to 2021).Betty Amongi was born in Oyam District, Lango sub-region, in the Northern Region of Uganda, on 15 November 1975.In 1996, she entered Makerere University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and public administration. Later in 2009, she was awarded a Master of Arts in International relations and Diplomatic studies.Betty Amongi was first elected to parliament in 2001. She was re-elected in 2006, 2011 and 2016. In a surprise move following the 20 February 2016 presidential and parliamentary elections, President Yoweri Museveni of the ruling National Resistance Movement political party, named her Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, despite her affiliation to the opposition Uganda People’s Congress.In a cabinet reshuffle on 14 December 2019, she was named cabinet minister of Kampala Capital City, switching dockets with Beti Kamya-Turwomwe, who took over at Lands, Housing and Urban Development.
On 6 April 2013, Betty Amongi married Jimmy Akena, the Member of Parliament for Lira Municipality and president of the opposition Uganda People’s Congress. Akena is the son of Milton Obote, the two-time former Prime Minister and President of Uganda. The traditional marriage took place in Minakulu sub-county, Oyam District and was attended by 32 members of parliament. President Yoweri Museveni, a friend of the couple, also attended the wedding.
Hon.Betty Amongi is an Inductee in the 2020 Uganda Who is Who Book of Records in appreciation and recognition of the great contribution towards attainment of Uganda Vision 2040 and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs)-Inducted and Accredited by Public Opinions.
17. HON CHRIS BARYOMUNSI Minister of Information and National Guidance
Chris Baryomunsi (born 9 December 1969) is a Ugandan physician, public health specialist, demographer, and politician. he is the current minister for Information communication Technpology and National Guidance. He served as State Minister for Housing in the Cabinet of Uganda. He was appointed to that position on 6 June 2016. From 1 March 2015 until 6 June 2016, he served as State Minister of Health for General Duties.
Chris Baryomunsi was born in Murama, Nyakishenyi, Rukungiri District, South Western Uganda, to the late Aloysius Mpungirehe and the late Rosaria Kamayangi in 1969 before migrating to Kanungu district in 1971.Baryomunsi is married to Fosca Twebaze the couple is blessed with two children.
He attended Kayungwe Primary School before going to St Paul’s Seminary Kabale for his O and A Level. Baryomunsi was admitted to Makerere University where he pursed human medicine and graduated in 1995 in Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery.
The new Minister of ICT after graduating in Medicine he pursed a post graduate diploma in Demography and in 1998 he graduated with Masters of Arts in Demography.
Baryomunsi went to acquire a post graduate degree in HIV/AIDS management from University of Boston and later PhD in Public Health majoring in Maternal Health from Atlantic International University, USA.
Chris Baryomunsi started working shortly after his graduation as a Medical officer at Mulago Hospital. He would later work as a reproductive health adviser for the Germany organization Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit between 1999 to 2002.Baryomunsi also worked as a lecturer at Makerere University between 2000 to 2006. He worked also as a resproductive health adviser for UNFPA between 2002 to 2006.
Baryomunsi’s political journey began way back in high school when he was elected as a minister of education at St Paul’s Seminary Kabale. He was later elected the Finance secretary Federation of African Medical Students’ association at Makerere University.
In 2006, Dr. Chris Baryomunsi contested for Kinkiizi East Constituency Member of Parliament post in Kanungu District where he came as the NRM Party candidate. He was re-elected for the same post in 2011, 2016 and 2021.
While in Parliament, Baryomunsi has served on various committees including the Health and HIV/AIDS Committees to date, he was elected president of the African Parliamentarians Forum on Population and Development. He served as a Parliamentary Commissioner for NRM in the Parliament of Uganda from June 2011 to April 2014.
In 2015, he was appointed as State Minister of Health for General Duties. In 2016, June 6th, Dr. Chris Baryomunsi was appointed as State Minister for Housing a position he held till 2021.
On June 7th, 2021, Chris Baryomunsi was appointed the Cabinet Minister for Information, Communications Technology and National Guidance in an 80 men cabinet named by Gen. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni the president of Uganda.
18.HON EDWIN KARUGIRE Managing Partner, K.K Associated Advocates
Edwin, one of the founding partners of the firm, heads the firm’s busy transactions department. With over 17 years of experience in Commercial and Corporate Law, Edwin has led the K&K transactions team in two of the biggest telecommunication acquisitions in Uganda. He has also handled several notable cross border Joint Venture transactions in the Technology, FMCG, Pharmaceuticals, Media, Security Printing, Agriculture and Manufacturing sectors. In addition to corporate transactions, Edwin has many years of experience in licensing and regulatory compliance for diverse sectors and in commercial litigation.
Outside K&K Advocates, Edwin practices dairy farming. Edwin lives by the mantra “A problem is a chance for you to do your best”.
LLB (Hons) Makerere University Kampala
LLM in Commercial and Corporate Law, University of London (UCL & Queen Mary)
Advocate of the High Court of Uganda
19. HON EVLYN ANITE KAJIK Minister of State for Investment and Privatization Ministry of Finance, Planning and economic Development (MFPED)The Hon.Evelyn Anite Kajik was inducted in the 2020 Uganda Who and Who Book of Records and Rated on the List of Uganda TOP50 Most Influential and Best Performing Ministers of the Cabinet of the Government of Uganda by Public Opinions the Leading organization working towards attainment of Uganda Vision 2040 and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals through Strategic Research, Public Awareness, Information Dissemination, Public Relations, Public Advisory as well as Personal and Corporate Profiling.
The Hon.Evelyn Anite Kajik is the State Minister for Investment and Privatization in the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development in the Cabinet of Uganda. She was appointed to that position on 6 June 2016. She is the elected Woman Member of Parliament for Koboko District in west Nile Region. She served as Youth Member of Parliament for Northern Region from 2011 to 2016.
Anite was born on 11 November 1984, in Adakado Village, Koboko District, to Steven Dravu, a civil servant, and Sarah Wokoru Dravu, a businesswoman.She attended Arua Hill Primary School for her elementary school education before joining Saint Mary’s Ediofe Secondary School for her O-Level studies. She transferred to Muni Girls’ Secondary School, for her A-Level education. She holds the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication, awarded by Uganda Christian University in 2008.
Right out of high school in 2005, Anite started working as a radio presenter on a radio station in Arua, continuing in that capacity intermittently until 2007. Beginning in 2006 and continuing until 2010, she worked as a radio presenter at Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC).
She worked at the Uganda Media Centre as the Public Affairs Assistant for International Relations. In 2011, she contested for the parliamentary seat of Youth Representative for Northern Uganda. She beat nine other candidates to win the seat. Anite is married to Allan Kajik and together, they have one daughter.
Hon.Evelyn Anite is an Inductee in the 2020 Uganda Who is Who Book of Records in appreciation and recognition of the great contribution towards attainment of Uganda Vision 2040 and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs)-Inducted and Accredited by Public Opinions.
- HON JANET KATAHA MUSEVENI First Lady, Minister of Education and Sports
Hon. Museveni Janet Kataaha was inducted in the 2020 Uganda Who is Who Book of Records and Rated on the List of Uganda TOP50 Most Influential and Best Performing Ministers of the Cabinet of the Government of Uganda by Public Opinions the Leading organization working towards attainment of Uganda Vision 2040 and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals through Strategic Research, Public Awareness, Information Dissemination, Public Relations, Public Advisory as well as Personal and Corporate Profiling.Janet Kataaha Museveni is the Minister of Education and Sports in the Cabinet of the Government of Uganda. Janet Kataha Museveni was born on 24 June 1948. She is the First Lady of Uganda. She is married to Yoweri Museveni, with whom they have four children. Janet Museveni went into exile in 1971, when Idi Amin toppled the Obote I regime in a military coup. She married Yoweri Museveni in August 1973. When Idi Amin’s regime fell from power in April 1979, she moved back to Uganda from Tanzania where she had been living in exile with her husband.In February 1981; Janet Museveni and her children re-located to Nairobi, Kenya, where they lived with family friends until 1983. In 1983, they moved to Gothenburg, Sweden, and stayed there until May 1986, four months after Yoweri Museveni’s National Resistance Army had seized power in Kampala.Janet Museveni an old girl of Bweranyagye Girls’ Secondary School; holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Makerere University which she acquired in 1997 after joining the university in 1995. She also has a Diploma in Early Childhood Development from Sweden.In November 2005 Janet Museveni showed her desire to join active politics when she announced that she would seek the parliamentary seat of Ruhaama County, in the February 2006 Ugandan general elections. She contested the seat against the candidate for Forum for Democratic Change, Augustine Ruzindana, and won overwhelmingly. She was re-elected in March 2011 to another five-year term.On 16 February 2009, Janet Museveni was appointed State Minister for Karamoja Affairs and later appointed Minister of Education, a post she holds to date.
Aside politics and being the first lady of Uganda; Janet Museveni boasts of other achievements such as being the founder of Uganda Women’s Effort to Save Orphans (UWESO), an indigenous NGO which cares for war-related and HIV/AIDS-affected orphans in all the Districts of Uganda. The NGO has been in operation since 1986 and works with major UN agencies and other international donor agencies.
The first lady is also the founder and Patron of National Strategy for the Advancement of Rural Women in Uganda (NSARWU), an NGO which works with poor rural women to empower them economically through various interventions.
Founder and Patron of the Uganda Youth Forum (UYF) and NGO that engages the youth of Uganda for purposes of character and behavior formation particularly with regard to HIV and AIDS prevention.
Janet Museveni is also the Patron of the Safe Motherhood Initiative of the Ministry of Health and WHO for reduction of maternal mortality and morbidity. She is as well the Co-chair of CURE Hospital – a special Hospital for crippled children in Uganda, with CURE International.
She is also an Active member of OAFLA, an Organization that unites the First Ladies of Africa in the fight against HIV and AIDS in the Region.
Above all Janet Museveni is a Professed and active Christian whose work and life is driven by faith.
Hon.Janet Kataha Museveni is an Inductee in the 2020 Uganda Who is Who Book of Records in appreciation and recognition of the great contribution towards attainment of Uganda Vision 2040 and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs)-Inducted and Accredited by Public Opinions.
- HON KASULE LUMUMBA
Minister for General Duties
Office of the Prime Minister
- HON KIRYOWA KIWANUKA Attorney General Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs.
Kiryowa Kiwanuka (KK) was one of the founding partners of the firm in October 2001. KK is an accomplished litigation lawyer in Uganda having successfully represented clients in many of the country’s landmark commercial disputes and heads the firm’s dispute resolution department. KK has also distinguished himself as an energy law practitioner which led to his appointment in 2015 to fill the only legal slot on the 7 member inaugural board of the Petroleum Authority of Uganda, which position he holds to date.Outside the firm KK is an ardent golfer and a football fan. He has served in various capacities in golf administration at the club level and at national level as President of Uganda Golf Union leading the national team in many coveted regional championship wins. KK also currently serves as Chairman of Express Football Club, a Ugandan super league football team.QualificationsLLB (Hons), Makerere University KampalaLLM in Petroleum Law and Policy, University of Dundee, ScotlandAdvocate of the High Court of Uganda
- HON MILLY BABALANDA Minister for Presidency Office of the President
Hon Milly Babalanda was born on 5th December 1970 to Mr. Sosani Magunda and the late Namuwaya Ruth of Nalinaibi Village, Nawantumbi Parish, Nawanyago Sub-County, Buzaaya County in Kamuli District. I am married to Pastor Samuel Babalanda of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. She has two biological children. she started off as a humble village girl from a very poor family in Nalinaibi in Kamuli district. Her parents could not afford to pay for my education. she gambled her way out at all levels.
This miserable background drew her to knowing and trusting God and to depend on Him for everything.FACTS BY HON MILLY BABALANDAI sat for my Primary Seven in 1985. I sat for my Senior Four in 1989 at Busoga High School in Kamuli where I did not perform well due to a difficult life.
I became a village political mobilizer, gaining popularity amongst the villagemates who included the late Alhaji Kirunda Kivejinja and the Rt. Honorable Rebecca Kadaga. These two hail from my sub-county.
I used to admire them to the extent of gaining their confidence and friendship. This interaction gave me a lot of hope and it was out of my determination that I secured an opportunity to attend a cadre-ship course at Kyankwanzi. I am cadre 31. Some of the products I was with in this training have served in positions as Ministers and RDCs. I did not get chance of deployment at this time. Instead, I remained in the village to change the mindsets of the communities.
Overall, the Kyankwanzi cadreship training changed my life. Indeed, the engagement with Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga and the late Rt Hon. Kirunda Kivejinja was very productive for my political career.
- How did you meet with the President? He has always praised you in public.
Babalanda:I met the President in December 2010 in Jinja when I was a mobilizer in Kamuli. He picked interest in me basing on the submissions I made on matters of poverty alleviation in Busoga sub-region. He made a commitment to fund my initiatives.
After the 2011 general elections, I received a telephone call from His Excellency appreciating my submission on poverty alleviation and also asking me if I could work with him in addressing the issue of chronic poverty in Busoga. I looked at this as a turning point in my life.
We agreed to form Busoga Rural Development Agency – BRUDA which he funded. It was my first time to manage a big budget. I remember some individuals advising me to divert the money to other causes other than the issue at hand. They indeed tried to persuade me citing my impoverished background. I fervently prayed about this for three days and the Lord gave me Romans 10:11 which talks about the power of faith and belief in Him. I
chose to be patient and focused.
Around 2014, he appointed me as Deputy RDC Busia. Later in 2015, he deployed as the Assistant Head of the NRM National Chairman’s office at Mbuya, headed by Hon. Molly Kamukama Nawe. Later, after the 2016 elections he appointed me as Senior Presidential Advisor on Political Affairs and head of the NRM National Chairman’s office assisted by Mr. Kirunda Faruk. This is the office where I served until my appointment as Minister in Charge of the Presidency.
- Why do you think the President chose you for appointment as Minister in Charge of the Presidency?
Babalanda:I think the appointment was based on my character, method of work, loyalty and to assist him in implementation of the NRM manifesto.
As you know, I have been heading his official political office. I have been key in taking record of his pledges, implementing programs, assessing manifesto implementation and coordinating his political activities. This has given me very good experience and as a member of the national task force, I think it was a good choice by the President to appoint a person who understands his political agenda at this critical time when we are talking of securing the future.
- Is this office not too big for you?
Babalanda:In the Book of John, Chapter 6:29 talks of our cardinal role as believers – to believe in the one He sent – and to leave everything else to Him. It reminds us that leaders are ordained by God.
Leadership is all about sacrifice, understanding the interests of the appointing authority, understanding your roles and limits and respecting the team members. You don’t need to be a PHD holder to deliver. This is a political posting which takes passion and deep understanding of the mission at hand.
My Ministry is quite diverse covering areas such as the Vice President’s Office, Security, Economic Monitoring, Patriotism, Anti-Corruption, Manifesto Implementation, Science and Technology, Uganda AIDS Commission, KCCA, RDC Secretariat and Presidential advisors.
As a senior Presidential Advisor on Political Matters and Head of NRM National Chairman’s Office who has been working under direct supervision of the principal, I have gained enough exposure due to working closely with majority of the heads of government agencies. The only difference now is that I shall be their supervisor, if all goes well in the appointments committee.
- What challenges do you anticipate in your new role?
Babalanda: Being a cadre, I anticipate many expectations from our mobilizers.
Secondly, ensuring that our Manifesto is implemented as planned and within the expected time frame is likely to be a challenge especially during the COVID-19 crisis. The fight against graft is an ongoing but quite challenging endeavor. Also, addressing the intelligence gaps in our security systems and the challenge of some sleepy RDCs.
If all goes well, I will share my detailed work plan in tackling the above challenges.
- When was your best moment in life?
Babalanda:I can say that this was the time when His Excellency the President offered me parental advice to return to school to complete my education on 8th May 2016 at Rwakitura. Returning to class as an adult was not easy given my other pressing responsibilities. The day I presented my A’ level certificate with 13 points for admission to Bugema University completely washed away my sorrows and depression.
- What comments do you have on the new cabinet where you are a member pending Parliamentary approval?
Babalanda:I call upon my colleagues to understand the NRM priorities in our mission to secure the future. Our impact will be felt by our sacrifices and contributions. This is not a reward but a call for duty as servants of the people. The culture of in-fighting and cliques should end forthwith to promote teamwork. This is not a tournament but a service.
It will be very sad if we fail our principal and the party leadership who sacrificed day and night to come up with a good Manifesto which gave us victory in the general elections.
- Who is your role model?
Babalanda:This is a challenging question to me. However, I admired the work methods of my supervisors at State House when I was a Senior Presidential Advisor. Madame Lucy Nakyobe and Gen. Nalweyiso Proscovia have had a great impression on me. Both ladies are scandal-
free, practical, uncompromising and result- oriented. They are frank in their dealings with people. I enjoyed working with them and I hope to pick a leaf from their methods of work to guide my next step of service.
- What is last message to the public?
Babalanda:This commitment will be made after going through the appointments committee of parliament. Nonetheless, I promise to maintain my method of work, which is accommodative and principled.
- How did you meet with the President? He has always praised you in public.
- HON ODREK RWABWOGO Chairman/CEO- Tomosi Group and Senior Presidential Advisor Special Duties.I was born on September 17, 1969, on this land, went to a nearby primary school, then on to Rwampara for my secondary school at Bujaga and later to Mbarara for high school in a new makeshift private secondary school in 1988. I have lived at this farm for the last 47 years and raised my children there too. The additional name of ‘Bwesharire’ on the farm is of the ‘ Abahwezhu’ clan from which I come in Ankole. This man Bwesharire is the great-great-grandfather of them all who led them out of the old Mpororo kingdom wrangles to the present day rich and lush Sheema district in the greater Bushenyi, western Ankore. He was a good leader, a calm negotiator, a good listener and a fighter. Many of his relatives still live in Sheema. Within 10 years of settling on the land, Tomosi and Erina became one of the largest sellers of matooke (Bananas of all kinds), fruits and Vegetables. They also had a small herd of cows averaging 80-100 and were simple, comfortable Christians resisting the pressure of the world to conform.In 1997, the farm was expanded when I finished school (I was fortunate to go to a competitive Makerere university then and study economics and political science and later took a scholarship to the University of Wales Cardiff to study Media and journalism) beginning the fencing, paddocking and putting separations of acreage from land for animal rearing and crop and fruits growing. In a way, a sense of Specialization begun to take root for the farm to make sense.I met Patience in 2000 and we got married in 2002 and soon after, in 2002, as second-generation owners of the farm, my wife and I begun the improvement of the animal breed from long-horned Ankore cows that give less milk to second category cross breeds, especially of the Dutch Friesian and Holstein type. This, our entire area of farmers were largely doing the same to take advantage of the milk market that had become clear, starting around 1994.
- HON RICHARD TODWONGO
National Resistance Movement (NRM)
26. GENERAL DAVID RUBAKUBA MUHOOZI
Minister of Internal Affairs ,and former Chief of Defense Forces of the Uganda people’s Defense Forces (UPDF)
27. HON RUTH ACENG Minister of Health. Hon Dr. Ruth Jane Aceng was inducted in the 2020 Uganda Who is Who Book of Records and Rated on the List of Uganda TOP50 Most Influential and Best Performing Ministers of the Cabinet of the Government of Uganda by Public Opinions the Leading organization working towards attainment of Uganda Vision 2040 and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals through Strategic Research, Public Awareness, Information Dissemination, Public Relations, Public Advisory as well as Personal and Corporate Profiling.Hon Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng was appointed as the Minister of Health in June 2016. She is a pediatrics expert and is currently at the level of Senior Consultant Paediatrics. Dr. Aceng has vast experience both as a manager and practicing medical personnel, which she accumulated while serving in various capacities as: Medical Officer, Senior Medical Officer, Medical Officer Special Grade, Medical Superintendent, Consultant Pediatrician, Senior Consultant Pediatrician, Hospital Director, and the Director General of Health Services for the Ministry of Health, Uganda.
Before being appointed Minister of Health in June 2016, she served as the Director General of Medical Services in the Ministry of Health. She was born on 11th May 1968. She attended Shimoni Primary School in Kampala. She studied at Nabisunsa Girls Secondary School for both her O-Level and A-Level Education. She holds a Bachelor of Medicine and B achelor of Surgery, a Master of Medicine in Pediatrics, and a Master of Public Health, all from Makerere University College of Health Sciences. She also holds Diploma in Health Systems Management awarded by the Galilee International Management Institute in Israel.
28. HON RUTH NANKABIRWA Minister of Energy and Minerals Development
Hon Ruth Nankabirwa Ssentamu was inducted in the 2020 Uganda Who is Who Book of Records and Rated on the List of Uganda TOP50 Most Influential and Best Performing Ministers of the Cabinet of the Government of Uganda by Public Opinions the Leading organization working towards attainment of Uganda Vision 2040 and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals through Strategic Research, Public Awareness, Information Dissemination, Public Relations, Public Advisory as well as Personal and Corporate Profiling.
Hon.Ruth Nankabirwa Ssentamu is the Government Chief Whip in the Parliament of Uganda. She is a member of the Cabinet of the Government of the Republic of Uganda since 1 March 2015 replacing Justine Lumumba Kasule, who was appointed to the position of the Secretary General of the ruling National Resistance Movement political party since 23 December 2014.Prior to that, from 27 May 2011 until 1 March 2015, Nankabirwa served as the State Minister for Fisheries in the Cabinet of Uganda replacing Fred Mukisa, who was dropped from the cabinet. Prior to that, she served as State Minister for Microfinance from 16 February 2009 until 27 May 2011.She served as Minister of State for Defense from 2001 to 2008.
She is the elected Member of Parliament, representing the Kiboga District Women’s Constituency.
Ruth Nankabirwa was born on 28 November 1965. She hails from Kiboga District in Central Uganda. She studied at Nabisunsa Girls’ Secondary School for both O-Level and A-Level education. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Art from Makerere University. She also holds the degree of Master of Arts in Conflict Studies.
From 1994 through 1995, she served as a delegate to the Constituent Assembly. In 1996, Ruth Nankabirwa was elected to serve as the Member of Parliament for Woman Delegate for Kiboga District. She holds that position up to today. From 1998 through 2001, she served as Minister of State for Luweero Triangle in the Office of the Prime Minister. Between 2001 and 2008, she served as State Minister for Defense, a post she held until she was appointed to be the State Minister for Microfinance.
Hon.Ruth Nankabirwa is an Inductee in the 2020 Uganda Who is Who Book of Records in appreciation and recognition of the great contribution towards attainment of Uganda Vision 2040 and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs)-Inducted and Accredited by Public Opinions.
29. HON THOMAS TAYWEBWA
Government Chief Whip and Chairman NRM Parliamentary Caucus
Parliament of Uganda
30.HON.FRANK TUMWEBAZE Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries
Frank Kagyigyi Tumwebaze was inducted in the 2020 Uganda Who is Who Book of Records and Rated on the List of Uganda TOP50 Most Influential and Best Performing Ministers of the Cabinet of the Government of Uganda by Public Opinions the Leading organization working towards attainment of Uganda Vision 2040 and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals through Strategic Research, Public Awareness, Information Dissemination, Public Relations, Public Advisory as well as Personal and Corporate Profiling.
Frank Kagyigyi Tumwebaze is a Ugandan educator and politician. He is the current Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Animal Industry. He served as Minister of Gender, Labour and Social Development in the Ugandan Cabinet. He was appointed to that position on 14 December 2019. He previously served as Minister of Information Communications Technology and National Guidance from 6 June 2016 until 13 December 2019. He was Minister for the Presidency and Minister for the Kampala Capital City Authority between 2012 and 2016. He is also the elected Member of Parliament for Kibale County in Kamwenge District, on the National Resistance Movement political party ticket.
He was born in Kamwenge District on 1 December 1975 to Matayo Kagyigyi and Beatrice Kagyigyi. He is the fifth-born in a family of seven children. He attended Jinja College for his A-Level education. He received a Bachelor of Science in education in 1999, from the Mbarara University of Science and Technology. He also holds a Masters in International and Diplomatic Studies, and Masters in Public Health obtained in 2005 and 2019 from Makerere University.
Beginning in 2000 until 2001, he served as a customs officer with the Uganda Revenue Authority. In 2001, he was appointed deputy resident district commissioner and was posted to Iganga District, serving in that capacity until 2003. He was then brought into State House, where he served as a special presidential assistant for research and information from 2003 until 2005. In 2006, he entered elective politics by contesting the parliamentary constituency of Kibale County in Kamwenge District. In 2011, he was re-elected. In a cabinet reshuffle on 15 August 2012, he was appointed as minister for the presidency replacing Kabakumba Masiko, who resigned from government on 14 December 2011.
Frank Kagyigyi Tumwebaze is a married father of five children. He is of the Anglican faith.
He served as Chairperson of the Committee on Finance, Planning and Economic Development
He was a Member of the Committee on Rules, Discipline and Privileges
31. JANE BAREKYE
State House Comptroller, State House
Mrs. Jane Barekye is the State House Comptroller. Formerly the Special Presidential Assistant responsible for Economic Affairs.
Mrs. Barekye is responsible for heading administration in State House including ensuring proper coordination and organization of all operations and activities in State House, tendering advice to the President in respect of the business, general administration and policy issues.
32. HON PETER OGWANGA
Minister of State for Economic Monitoring
Office of the President
33. LT GEN PETER ELWELU
Lt Gen Peter Elwelu is the Deputy Chief of Defense Forces Uganda peoples Defense Forces (UPDF). Gen Elwelu joined the army in 1978, attended the Tanzania Military Academy in Monduli.He was later posted to military installation at Kabamba.In 1995, he was transferred to Gaddaffi Military Barracks in Jinja, a cadet officer school.When Uganda first sent troops to Somalia in 2007 under the African Union Mission to Somalia, Lt Gen Elwelu commanded the first Uganda military contingent.
In June 2013, he was appointed commander of the 2nd UPDF Division based in Mbarara. Prior to that, he had served as the commander of the UPDF 3rd Division in Moroto.In November 2016 as the 2nd Division commander,
He also served as the commander of Land Forces after he was transferred from Mbarara as Second Division Commander.In February 2019, he was promoted to the rank of Lt Gen from Maj Gen.Gen Elwelu is also one of the 10 UPDF officers voted to represent the army in Parliament. Speaking on the sidelines of his swearing-in, he said the more than 100 Rwenzururu royal guards and family members killed during the Kasese clashes, were criminals. He was also among the seven top to middle commanders of security forces that were recently sanctioned by the US, for alleged involvement in human rights abuses in Uganda.
34. LT GEN PROSCOVIA NALWEYISO
Special Presidential Advisor in Charge of Military Affairs
Lt. Gen Proscovia Nalweyiso is a senior Ugandan military officer in the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF). At the rank of Major General, she is the highest ranking female officer, in the Ugandan military. She is one of the most powerful Women in Uganda and one of the best handlers of H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. She was recently awarded by public Opinions with the Uganda Peace Champion in appreciation of her contribution to liberation of Uganda.Maj General Proscovia Nalweyiso was born in June 1954, in Mpigi District, in a family with 20 children. In 1979, she began work as a schoolteacher and typist in her home area. During his period, she became an active member of the Ugandan Democratic Party. Following the 1980 Ugandan National Elections and the subsequent formation of the National Resistance Army (NRA), Nalweyiso joined the guerrillas in the bush in 1982 which captured state power in 1986 hence the final liberation of Uganda from tyrannical regimes.In 1983 a unit of female NRA fighters was formed and Nalweyiso was appointed as its commandant. The following year, the unit was relocated from Luweero District in Central Uganda, to Western Uganda.In 1985, the unit Nalweyiso commanded, participated in the NRA forces that attacked Mbarara military barracks. Following that deployment, the NRA Women’s Wing settled in Fort Portal, until the war ended in 1986.In 1986, when the NRA captured power, Nalweyiso was given the rank of captain and appointed the commandant of the 800-member women’s wing in the army, at that time. She steadily rose through the ranks and by 2000 was at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.In 2011, Proscovia Nalweyiso became the first female Brigadier General in Ugandan Army ranks, a noteworthy achievement, which was celebrated across the continent. Fast-forward to 2017, the country has recorded another remarkable milestone, the promotion of Brigadier Nalweyiso to the rank of Major General.
For over a decade prior to her promotion to Major General, she had worked at the Uganda State House as an aide and military adviser to H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni the president of the Republic of Uganda.
35. LT COL EDITH NAKALEMA
Head of the Anti-corruption Unit
36. HON.LUCY NAKYOBE is the Secretary to Cabinet and Head of Public Service.
She was the comptroller of the State House of Uganda since 2010 when she took over office from Richard Muhinda. As the State House comptroller, Ms. Nakyobe is the head of administration in State House and her duties include ensuring proper coordination and organization of all operations and activities in State House, tendering advice to the President in respect of the business, general administration and policy issues, ensuring implementation of Government business and also ensuring proper expenditure of public funds in accordance with laid down Government accounting procedures.Before becoming the State House comptroller, Ms. Nakyobe worked in the accounts department of the State House as an Undersecretary of Finance and administration where she was responsible for preparation of annual policy statements, budget framework, budget estimates, work plans and procurement plan. She was also responsible for logistics management and procurement, responsible for finance and administration for the Office of the Vice President as well as also supervising and mentoring lower staff.From 1989 to 1990 Ms. Nakyobe worked as a research assistant on the behavioural risk studies among Baganda women under Case Western Reserve University/Makerere University collaborative research project and from 1990- 1991 where she was the Assistant Secretary of the Environment Protection department.Ms. Nakyobe has served as an assistant secretary in various departments of the State House and these include: Energy and Natural Resources department from 1991-1992, Tourism and Wild Life from 1993-1994, Office of the Vice President from 1994-95 and the State House from1995-1998.In 1990 Ms. Lucy Nakyobe graduated for Makerere University with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences, she then later in 1995 graduated with a PGD from Uganda Management Institute under Makerere University. She also obtained a masters degree in Public Administration and Management from Makerere University in 1999.Ms. Lucy Nakyobe has also continued to widen her academic knowledge by studying a variety of other short courses from different institutions. In 1991 she studied Law for Administrative Officers in May and in December that year, pursued a short course on Data management.In June 2009, she pursued a course on Leadership and Change management- Uganda-Ontario Partnership, and attended the Good Governance program in June 2009. She has also pursued courses on Indicators for Policy management- MDGS and Statistical Literacy- May 2007, Leadership and team building Course- British Council, March 2007, Coaching and mentoring- British Council- October 2006, Basic Cadre Development Course, National leadership Institute, Kyankwazi- May 2003, Specification Writing, June 2003, Contract management- August 2003, Advance leadership skills for women, Johannesburg, August 2002, Specification, preparation and writing, May 2002 and in June 2002 a course on Bid preparation and tender evaluation among others.
Ms. Nakyobe has also contributed to publications including ; McGrath JW, Rwabukwali CB, Schumann DA, Pearson-Marks J, Nakayiwa, Namande B, Nakyobe L, Mukasa R. Anthropology and AIDS: the cultural context of sexual risk behaviour among urban Baganda women in Kampala Uganda, Social Science and Medicine. 1993 Feb;36(4):429-39, Janet W. McGrath, Debra A. Schumann, Johmann, Jonnie Pearson-Marks, Charles B. Rwabukwali, Rebecca Mukasa, Barbara Namande, Sylvia Nakayiwa, Lucy Nakyobe Cultural Determinants of Sexual Risk Behavior for AIDS among Baganda Women Medical Anthropology Quarterly, New Series, Vol.6,No.2 (Jun., 1992), pp. 153-161, Rwabukwali, Charles B among others.
37. GEN APOLLO GOWA KASIITA
Director of the Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control (DCIC)
38. MAJOR GEN ABEL KANDIHO
Director of the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI)
39. MR KIRUNDA FARUK
Presidential Media Assistant
Strategist Office of the NRM National Chairman,Kyambogo
40. PROF EMMANUEL MUTEBILE
Governor, Bank of Uganda
41. MAJ GEN JIM MUHWEZI
Minister for Security ,Office of the President
42. RT HON JACOB OULANYA Speaker of the parliament of Uganda
Rt. Hon. Jacob Oulanyah is the Speaker of the Parliament of Uganda and Member of Parliament for Omoro County in Gulu District. He served as Deputy speaker of the parliament of Uganda. He is an Attorney of the Courts of Judicature of Uganda and a Notary Public. Before he was elected Deputy Speaker, he was practicing law under J. L. Oulanyah & Attorneys. He has specialised training in legal and legislative drafting and has experience in drafting laws and agreements, including peace agreements. He taught legislative drafting and constitutional law to post graduate law students at the Law Development Centre. In February 2016, he was re-elected for the third time to Parliament to again, represent the people of Omoro County in Gulu District of Northern Uganda. He was re-elected Deputy Speaker of the Parliament of Uganda in May 2016.
Rt Hon Oulanyah Jacob L’Okori is a Ugandan agricultural economist, lawyer and politician; he has been the Deputy Speaker of the Ugandan parliament since 19 May 2011. Oulanyah is the Member of Parliament representing Omoro County constituency.
He was born in Gulu District, on 23 March 1965. He attended St. Joseph’s College Layibi, Dr. Obote College Boroboro, and Kololo Senior Secondary School for his O-Level and A-Level education. In 1988, he joined Makerere University, the oldest university in the East African Community, where he studied agricultural economics. He graduated in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts in that subject. That same year, he entered law school, also at Makerere University, graduating in 1994 with a Bachelor of Laws degree. He served as speaker of the university students’ guild during his stay at Makerere. In 1995, he attended the Law Development Centre (LDC), where he obtained a postgraduate diploma in legal practice
Following his graduation from the LDC, Oulanyah worked as a lecturer at the centre. During the same timeframe, he began private law practice at the law firm of Oulanyah, Onoria & Company Advocates. In 2001, he entered politics by successfully contesting for the parliamentary seat of Omoro County in Gulu District under the no-party arrangement constitutionally referred to as the Movement Political System. He was however a cardholder of the Uganda People’s Congress (UPC). In 2005, he chaired the legal and parliamentary affairs committee that handled the constitutional amendment bill that proposed the lifting of the presidential term limits. He also participated in the peace talks between the government of Uganda and the Lord’s Resistance Army rebels. In 2006, standing as a UPC candidate, he lost his re-election bid. In July 2006, he quit the UPC and joined the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM). In 2008 he served as the chairman of the commission of inquiry into the controversial sub-lease of Kisekka Market, one of the municipal markets in the city of Kampala. In March 2011, Oulanyah was elected to represent Omoro County, Gulu District, in the Ninth Parliament, this time on the NRM ticket. He was elected as Deputy Speaker of Parliament on 19 May 2011
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The Rt Hon Jacob Oulanya is an Inductee in the Uganda Who is Who Book of Records in appreciation and recognition of the great contribution towards attainment of Uganda Vision 2040 and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs)-Inducted and Accredited by Public Opinions.
43. H.E JESSICA ALUPO
Vice President of the Republic of Uganda
44. RT HON ROBINAH NABANJA
Prime Minister of the Republic of Uganda
45. HON ANITA AMONG
Deputy Speaker of the Parliament of Uganda
46. HON REBECCA KADAGA Minister in Charge of East African Community Affairs.
Rt Hon Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga was born in Kamuli District, Eastern Uganda, on 24 May 1956. Rebecca Kadaga attended Namasagali College for her high school education. She studied law at Makerere University, graduating with the degree of Bachelor of Laws (LLB), in 1978. She went on to obtain a Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Center in Kampala in 1979. In 2000, she obtained a Diploma in Women’s Law from the University of Zimbabwe. In 2003, she obtained the degree of Master of Arts (MA), specializing in Women’s Law, also from the University of Zimbabwe.In 2019, Nkumba University, a private university in Uganda, awarded Kadaga an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.
The Rt Hon.Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga is a Ugandan lawyer and politician who has been Speaker of the Parliament of Uganda since 19 May 2011.She is the first woman to be elected Speaker in the history of the Parliament of Uganda. She succeeded Edward Ssekandi, who served as Speaker from 2001 to 2011. She is also the current Member of Parliament (MP) for the Kamuli District Women’s Constituency, Busoga sub-region, a position she has held since 1989.
Between 1984 and 1988, she was in private law practice. From 1989 to 1996, she served as the member of parliament for Kamuli District in the District Woman’s Constituency. She served as the Chairperson of the University Council for Mbarara University, between 1993 and 1996. During 1996, she served as Secretary General of the East African Women Parliamentarians Association.
From 1996 to 1998, Rebecca Kadaga was the Ugandan Minister of State for Regional Cooperation (Africa and the Middle East). She then served as Minister of State for Communication and Aviation from 1998 to 1999 and as Minister for Parliamentary Affairs from 1999 to 2000. She was elected as Deputy Speaker of Parliament in 2001, a position that she held until 19 May 2011, when she was elected Speaker of Parliament.
Following the February 2016 general election, Kadaga was unanimously re-elected as Speaker of Parliament on 19 May 2016
Besides her duties as speaker of the Ugandan Parliament, she sits on the following parliamentary committees:
- Appointments Committee – The Committee reviews all Cabinet appointments by the President, and may approve or reject an appointment: The Speaker chairs the committee
- The Parliamentary Commission – The Speaker chairs the Commission
- The Business Committee – The Speaker chairs the committee
The Rt Hon Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga is an Inductee in the Uganda Who is Who Book of Records in appreciation and recognition of the great contribution towards attainment of Uganda Vision 2040 and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs)-Inducted and Accredited by Public Opinions.
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