Amama Mbabazi

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Amama Mbabazi
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Prime Minister of Uganda
Incumbent
Assumed office
24 May 2011
President Yoweri Museveni
Deputy Eriya Kategaya
Preceded by Apolo Nsibambi
Minister for Security
In office
24 February 2009 – 24 May 2011
President Yoweri Museveni
Prime Minister Apolo Nsibambi
Preceded by Kabakumba Masiko
Succeeded by Wilson Muruuli Mukasa
Attorney General of Uganda
In office
1 May 2004 – 9 March 2006
President Yoweri Museveni
Prime Minister Apolo Nsibambi
Preceded by Francis Ayume
Succeeded by Khiddu Makubuya
Member of Parliament from Kanungu District
Incumbent
Assumed office
11 February 2003
Preceded by Constituency established
Personal details
Born Patrick Amama Mbabazi
(1949-01-16) 16 January 1949 (age 65)
Kabale, Uganda
Political party National Resistance Movement
Alma mater Makerere University
Law Development Centre
Religion Protestantism

Patrick Amama Mbabazi (born 16 January 1949) is a senior Ugandan lawyer and politician. He has been Prime Minister of Uganda since 24 May 2011.[1] Prior to his current position, he served as the Minister for Security in the Ugandan Cabinet, from February 2009 until May 2011.[2] He also serves as the Secretary General of the National Resistance Movement political party, a position he has held since November 2005.[3][4] Amama Mbabazi also serves as the Member of Parliament for Kinkiizi West constituency in Kanungu District, a position he has held since 1996 after the promulgation of the Constitution.[5]

Background[edit]

He was born in Mparo Village, Rukiga County, in present-day Kabale District, on 16 January 1949.

Education[edit]

Mbabazi holds a law degree, Bachelor of Laws (LLB), from Makerere University, obtained in 1975. He also holds the postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice obtained from the Law Development Center, Kampala, obtained in 1976. He is an Advocate of the Courts of Judicature of Uganda and a member of the Uganda Law Society since 1977.[6]

Professional career[edit]

Prior to joining politics, he worked as State Attorney in the Attorney General's Chambers, rising to the position of Secretary of the Uganda Law Council. Between 1986 and 1991 he served as Director General of the External Security Organization (ESO), being the first person to serve in that position. In 1994, he served as a delegate to the Constituent Assembly that drew up the 1995 Ugandan Constitution. He became the Chairman of the National Resistance Movement Delegates Caucus.

He has also served as Minister of State in the President's office, in-charge of Political Affairs. Between 1986 and 1992 he was Minister of State for Defence. Subsequently, he served as Minister of State for Foreign Affairs in charge of Regional Cooperation. In 2004, he was appointed as Attorney General and Minister of Justice. He held that portfolio until he was appointed Minister of Defence in 2006, a position he held until he was appointed Security Minister.[7] He served as Security Minister from February 2009 until May 2011, when he was appointed Prime Minister. He is the tenth Prime Minister in Uganda's history.[8]

Controversies[edit]

Mbabazi was accused in 2011 of receiving bribes as kickbacks from Irish oil firm Tullow Oil.[9][10] Despite a Parliamentary investigation being initiated into the matter and calls from MPs for him to resign along with others accused, a lawyer managed to successfully sue the Attorney General and halt the proceedings and to block the calls for resignation. Following further suspicion around the incident as a result of Tullow Oil’s court case with Heritage Oil over its tax on Uganda assets, an ad hoc parliamentary committee was convened to further investigate the allegations of corruption.[11][12] In 2013, Uganda's Auditor General found that €10 million ($13.4 million) of foreign aid had been funnelled into personal bank accounts linked to workers in Mbabazi's office, leading the UK, Ireland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark to suspend foreign aid to Uganda. The Uganda government was forced to repay the money that had been embezzled.[13][14]

Diplomacy[edit]

Over the years, Amama Mbabazi has represented Uganda in international fora, including the United Nations Security Council, where he argued for the International Community to allow the Uganda People's Defense Force (UPDF) to pursue the Lord's Resistance Army fighters beyond Uganda's borders.[15] He also represented Uganda at the signing of the Lusaka Ceasefire Agreement that resulted in the resolution of the Second Congo War.

Personal details[edit]

Amama Mbabazi is married to Jacqueline Mbabazi, the Chairperson of the Women's League in the National Resistance Movement (NRM). They are the parents of Nina Mbabazi and five other children. Amama Mbabazi is a very close friend and business associate of Amos Nzeyi.

Political offices[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
Francis Ayume
Attorney General of Uganda
2004-2006
Succeeded by
Khiddu Makubuya
Preceded by
Yoweri Museveni
Minister of Defence
2006-2009
Succeeded by
Crispus Kiyonga
Preceded by
Wilson Muruuli Mukasa
Minister for Security
2009-2011
Succeeded by
Wilson Muruuli Mukasa
Preceded by
Apolo Nsibambi
Prime Minister of Uganda
2011–present
Incumbent
Party political offices
Preceded by
Himself in acting Capacity
Secretary General of National Resistance Movement
2010-present
Incumbent

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kizza, Joseph (26 May 2011). "Mbabazi: Uganda's Tenth Prime Minister". New Vision. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Newvision, Archive (18 February 2009). "Uganda: Full Cabinet List 18 February 2009". New Vision. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  3. ^ Ssengendo, Abdulkarim (31 December 2008). "Mbabazi Launches Campaign for NRM's Byarugaba In Isingiro". New Vision. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  4. ^ Butagira, Tabu (24 May 2011). "Museveni Tells Mbabazi To Resign NRM Secretary General Job". Daily Monitor. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  5. ^ Daily Monitor, Editors (2011). "Members of the 9th Ugandan Parliament (2011 - 2016)". Daily Monitor. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  6. ^ Uganda Parliament, . (2011). "Amama Mbabazi: Member of Parliament, Kinkiizi County West, Kanungu District". Parliament of Uganda. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  7. ^ Mukasa, Henry (2 June 2006). "Ministries Allocated". New Vision. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  8. ^ Musoke, Cyprian (24 May 2011). "Amama Mbabazi's Road To Prime Minister". New Vision. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  9. ^ Independent, Investigations (19 October 2011). "Oil Bribery Scandal". The Independent (Uganda). Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  10. ^ Bahati, Remmy (2012). "Controversy In The Life of Amama Mbabazi". National Broadcasting Service (Kampala). Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  11. ^ Christopher M Matthews, . (13 April 2012). "Tullow Denies Bribery Allegations In Uganda". Wall Street Journal Blogs. Retrieved 28 July 2013. 
  12. ^ Etukuri, Charles (8 July 2012). "Ministers Mbabazi, Onek, Kutesa Cleared of Oil Bribery Claims". New Vision. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  13. ^ News, . (7 February 2013). "Uganda Returns 'Stolen' Aid To Norway". The EastAfrican Quoting Agence France-Presse (AFP). Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  14. ^ Biryabarema, Elias (11 January 2013). "Uganda Says Confident of Renewed Aid After Moves To Stop Theft". Reuters. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  15. ^ Newvision, Archive (21 April 2006). "Who Is At Fault?". New Vision. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 

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