23 February 1939 |
|Alma mater||Harvard University
(Bachelor of Arts in Political Economics)
(Master of Arts in Economics)
|Occupation||Economist & Politician|
|Years active||1967 — 2011|
|Home town||Busia, Uganda|
Aggrey Siryoyi Awori (born 23 February 1939) is a Ugandan economist and politician and a member of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party. He was the Minister for Information & Communications Technology in the Ugandan Cabinet, from 16 February 2009 until 27 May 2011. In the cabinet reshuffle of 27 May 2011, he was dropped from the cabinet and replaced by Ruhakana Rugunda. On account of his cabinet post, he was an Ex Officio Member of the Ugandan Parliament (MP).
Prior to that, he had represented "Samia-Bugwe North", Busia District in the Ugandan Parliament, from 2001 until 2006. Awori was previously an outspoken opposition member of parliament for the Uganda People's Congress (UPC) political party. In 2007, he abandoned UPC and joined the ruling Nation Resistance Movement political party.
Awori was born on 23 February 1939, in Budimu Village, Busia District, near the Ugandan/Kenyan border as the tenth of seventeen children. His parents were Canon Jeremiah Musungu Awori, a pioneer African priest of the Anglican Church in East Africa and Mrs. Mariamu Odongo Awori, a nurse and community teacher. Aggrey's siblings include the ninth Kenyan vice-president Arthur Moody Awori and Mary Okelo, the first woman in East Africa to head a Barclays Bank branch and the founder of Kenya's women only bank; the Kenya Women Finance Trust. Mary is also the founder of Makini Schools, a leading school chain in East Africa. He owns an urban home in Busia Municipality and a country home in neighboring Bugiri District.
He attended Nabumali High School in Mbale District and King's College Budo, in Wakiso District, both in Uganda. While at Kings College Budo (1959 to 1961), Aggrey was selected among a few others for elite military officers training at Sandhurst Military College in UK. However, his father Canon Awori rejected the idea of his talented son joining the military. From 1961 to 1965, he studied at Harvard University on a scholarship. The first year he took nuclear physics, but then switched over to political economics.
While at Harvard, Aggrey became the first person in Heptagonal track history to win three events - the long jump, high hurdles, and 60-yard dash, tying the Heps record in the hurdles and setting the mark in the dash. He also ran on the victorious mile relay team which tied the Heptagonal record. By the time he graduated from Harvard, Awori held three outdoor and five indoor school records. He also represented Uganda in the 110 metres hurdles at the Summer Olympics in 1960 and 1964, but failed to win any medals. Awori also holds the degree of Master of Arts in Economics, from Syracuse University, in the United States.
In 1967, Awori was appointed the first local director of Uganda Television (UTV). In 1971 Awori was jailed for two months after Idi Amin's coup, because during Amin's first coup attempt he didn't broadcast a speech Amin gave, lying to him by saying that they were live on air. He went into political exile in Kenya, where he taught at the University of Nairobi until 1976 and then traveled around Africa visiting Tanzania, Liberia and Senegal and returning to Nairobi in 1979.
After Idi Amin was overthrown in 1979, Awori returned to Uganda. He ran for a seat in the National Assembly of Uganda, but lost. He then became ambassador to the United States, until being transferred by Tito Okello Lutwa in 1985. He served as Uganda's Ambassador to Belgium from 1985 until 1987, when he was dropped by Yoweri Museveni.
After a brief asylum in Nairobi, Kenya, Awori started to build up a rebel group operating from eastern Uganda. He stated, that his reason for doing so was mainly anger at Museveni's National Resistance Army, which had confiscated his property. In 1992, he dissolved his rebel group, which had consisted mainly of young fighters. In 1993, Awori then met with the Museveni in New York and then was elected to the Constituent Assembly to make the Constitution and as a member of parliament.
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