Janat Mukwaya

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Janat Mukwaya
Born (1951-12-12) 12 December 1951 (age 63)
Residence Mukono, Uganda
Nationality Ugandan
Ethnicity Muganda
Citizenship Uganda
Education Bachelor of Arts in Political & Social Administration (BA)
Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda
Master of Science in Public Policy & Management (MSc)
University of London, London, United Kingdom
Occupation Politician & Military Officer
Years active 1980 — present
Known for Politics
Home town Mukono
Religion Muslim

Captain (Retired) Janat Balunzi Mukwaya is a Ugandan politician and former military officer. She is the former State Minister for General Duties in the Office of the Prime Minister, from February 16, 2009 until 27 May 2011.[1] Prior to that, she served as Minister of Trade and Industry, from June 2006 until February 2009.[2] In May 2011, she retired from politics and was replaced in the cabinet by Kiddu Makubuya.[3] She also served as the elected Member of Parliament (MP) for "Mukono South Constituency", Mukono District, from 2006 until her retirement in 2011.


Janat Mukwaya was born on December 12, 1951 in Mukono District. She studied Political Science and Social Administration at Makerere University between 1971 and 1975, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree with Honors.[4] Between 1975 and 1981, she worked as an administrative judge (Magistrate) Grade II, in rural court. In 1981, she joined the National Resistance Army (NRA), as a combatant. She rose to the rank of Captain in the NRA.

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In 1986, after the NRA captured power, Janat Mukwaya was appointed Director of Women's Affairs in the Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Affairs, where she served until 1990. In 1994, she was appointed to serve as Principal Private Secretary (PPS) to the Vice President of Uganda, serving in that capacity until 1995. Between 1995 and 1996, Janat Mukwaya served as Minister of State for Luwero Triangle in the Office of the President. Between 1996 and 2001, she served as Minister of Gender, Labor and Social Development.

She became Uganda's Attorney General and Minister of Justice & Constitutional Affairs in 2001 and served in that position until 2005. In 2005, she was transferred to the Agriculture Ministry where she served as Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry & Fisheries until 2006.[5]

In 2006, she was elected to Parliament on the National Resistance Movement ticket to represent Mukono South Constituency. In the same year, she was appointed Minister of Tourism, Trade and Industry, a position she held until she was appointed to the Prime Minister's Office as Minister for General Duties. According to the website of the Ugandan Parliament, Janat Mukwaya is enrolled in a Masters degree program via Long Distance Learning, leading to the degree of Master of Science (MSc), in Public Policy and Management at the University of London.

In January 2010, the Ugandan press reported that she will not contest her parliamentary seat of Mukono South, in the 2011 national elections. Her future plans after 2011 have not made public.[6]

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