1 August 1967 |
Lwengo District, Uganda
|Alma mater||Makerere University
(Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine)
(Master of Veterinary Science)
|Occupation||Veterinarian, Politician, Pastor|
|Years active||1987 — present|
People's Development Party
|Religion||Born Again Christian|
|Spouse(s)||Gladys Namusuwe PhD|
Abed Bwanika (born 1 August 1967), is a Ugandan veterinarian, politician and pastor. He is the current President of the People's Development Party, one of the opposition political parties in Uganda.
Background and education
Bwanika was born on 1 August 1967 in modern-day Lwengo District.  At that time the district was still part of Masaka District. He attended Kimwanyu Primary School, near his parents' home in Lwengo District. Later, he studied at Masaka Secondary School for his ‘O’level, and at Kigezi High School for his ‘A’ level. He was admitted to Makerere University, where he graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine. Later, he was awarded the degree of Master of Science in the same field, also from Makerere.
Following his first degree, he stayed on at Makerere as a graduate tutor, while he conducted research and pursued a second degree. In 2001, he left teaching and a private veterinary consultancy. He also opened a church, Christian Witness Church.
During the 1996 presidential elections, he supported Yoweri Museveni, but switched allegiance to Kizza Besigye in 2001. He ran as an independent candidate in the February 2006 presidential election, where he finished in fourth place, with 0.95% of the vote (65,874 total votes).
He again contested the 2011 Uganda presidential elections, under the People's Development Party, which he had founded and is the current president. The second-time around, he received about 14,000 less votes (51,708 total votes), garnering 0.65% of the popular vote.
Abed Bwanika is married to Gladys Namusuwe, PhD, a Fish Biologist and Lecturer in the Department of Zoology, at Makerere University. The have been married since 1995 and are the parents of three sons: Wise, Chosen and Delight.
|Candidates - nominating parties||Votes||%|
|Yoweri Museveni - National Resistance Movement||4,109,449||59.26|
|Kizza Besigye - Forum for Democratic Change||2,592,954||37.39|
|John Ssebaana Kizito - Democratic Party||109,583||1.58|
|Abed Bwanika - Independent||65,874||0.95|
|Miria Obote - Uganda People's Congress||57,071||0.82|
|Source: New Vision newspaper, Electoral Commission of Uganda|
|Candidates – Parties||Votes||%|
|Yoweri Museveni – National Resistance Movement||5,428,368||68.38|
|Kizza Besigye – Forum for Democratic Change||2,064,963||26.01|
|Norbert Mao – Democratic Party||147,917||1.86|
|Olara Otunnu – Uganda People's Congress||125,059||1.58|
|Beti Kamya – Uganda Federal Alliance||52,782||0.66|
|Abed Bwanika – People's Development Party||51,708||0.65|
|Jaberi Bidandi Ssali – People's Progress Party||34,688||0.44|
|Samuel Lubega – independent||32,726||0.41|
|Total votes (turnout: 59.29%)||8,272,760||100.00|
|Source: Electoral Commission of Uganda|
Succession table as President of the People's Development Party
|President of the People's Development Party
2010 - Present
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- Bindhe, Edward (20 March 2014). "Dr. Abed Bwanika Among Evicted Lwengo Wetland Encroachers". Uganda Radio Network (URN). Retrieved 30 March 2015.
- Ashaba, Anita (30 September 2013). "Abed Bwanika: I Was Called To Do Big Things In Life". Ugo.co.ug. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
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