Crispus Kiyonga

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Crispus Kiyonga
Born (1952-01-01) 1 January 1952 (age 63)
Residence Kampala, Uganda
Nationality Ugandan
Ethnicity Mukonjo
Citizenship Uganda
Education Makerere University
(Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery)
Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
(Master of Health Science in Population Dynamics)
Occupation Physician & Politician
Years active 1980 — present
Known for Politics
Home town Bwera, Kasese District
Title Minister of Defence
Religion Anglican

Crispus Walter Kiyonga is a Ugandan physician and politician. He is the current Minister of Defence, a position he has held since 2006. Prior to that, he was Minister Without Portfolio in the Office of the President from 2005 until 2006.[1] He is also the Member of Parliament (MP) for Bukonjo County West, Kasese District, in the Ugandan Parliament. In the cabinet reshuffle of May 2011, he retained his Defense portfolio.[2]


Crispus Kiyonga was born in Kasese District in western Uganda in 1952. Between 1959 and 1966, he attended Bwera Primary School, in Bwera, a few kilometres from the Ugandan border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo. During 1967 through 1970, he attended Nyakasura School from S1 to S4. He studied for his S5 and S6 at Kings College Budo from 1971 to 1972.

From 1973 through 1978, he attended Makerere University School of Medicine where he obtained his first medical degree, the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) in 1978. Later, in 2004, he obtained a Master of Health Science (MHS) with specialisation in Population Dynamics from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.[3]

During the first post-Idi Amin national elections in Uganda in 1980, Kiyonga participated as a candidate on the Uganda Patriotic Movement (UPM) platform. He won in his constituency, making him the only UPM candidate who won during those elections. He joined the National Resistance Movement (NRM), during their struggle against the second Milton Obote regime, from 1981 until 1986.

From 1986 when the NRM assumed power in Uganda, until 2006 when he was appointed Defence minister, Crispus Kiyonga has held several cabinet and non-cabinet posts in the Uganda Government:

  • 1986 - 1986: Minister for Cooperatives & Marketing
  • 1986 - 1992: Minister of Finance - Credited with the establishment of Uganda Revenue Authority (URA)
  • 1994 - 1996: Minister of Internal Affairs
  • 1996 - 2001: Minister of Health - Credited with efficient handling of Ebola outbreak in Gulu in 2000. Chairman Global Fund.
  • 2001 - 2006: Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the President and National Political Commissar (NPC).
  • 2006 - Date: Minister of Defense

Between 1992 and 1994, Kiyonga left the government temporarily to serve as a consultant with the World Bank and the African Development Bank. He returned to active politics in 1994 when he was elected to the Constituent Assembly that drew up the 1995 Uganda Constitution. He continues to represent his constituency, "Bukonjo County West", in the Ugandan Parliament.[4]

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