|Prime Minister of Uganda|
24 May 2011
|Preceded by||Apolo Nsibambi|
|Minister for Security|
24 February 2009 – 24 May 2011
|Prime Minister||Apolo Nsibambi|
|Preceded by||Kabakumba Masiko|
|Succeeded by||Wilson Muruuli Mukasa|
|Attorney General of Uganda|
1 May 2004 – 9 March 2006
|Prime Minister||Apolo Nsibambi|
|Preceded by||Francis Ayume|
|Succeeded by||Khiddu Makubuya|
|Member of Parliament from Kanungu District|
11 February 2003
|Preceded by||Constituency established|
|Born||Patrick Amama Mbabazi
16 January 1949
|Political party||National Resistance Movement|
|Alma mater||Makerere University
Law Development Centre
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. Prior to his current position, he served as the Minister for Security in the Ugandan Cabinet, from February 2009 until May 2011. He also serves as the Secretary General of the National Resistance Movement political party, a position he has held since November 2005. 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.
He was born in Mparo Village, Rukiga County, in present-day Kabale District, on 16 January 1949.
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.
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. 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.
Mbabazi was accused in 2011 of receiving bribes as kickbacks from Irish oil firm Tullow Oil. 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. 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.
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. He also represented Uganda at the signing of the Lusaka Ceasefire Agreement that resulted in the resolution of the Second Congo War.
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.
|Attorney General of Uganda
|Minister of Defence
Wilson Muruuli Mukasa
|Minister for Security
Wilson Muruuli Mukasa
|Prime Minister of Uganda
|Party political offices|
Himself in acting Capacity
|Secretary General of National Resistance Movement
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