Jessica Alupo

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Jessica Alupo
Born (1974-05-23) 23 May 1974 (age 40)
Katakwi, Uganda
Residence Kisaasi, Kampala, Uganda
Nationality Ugandan
Ethnicity Itesot
Citizenship Uganda
Education Bachelor of Arts in Political Science & Linguistics (BA)
Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda
Diploma in Public Administration & Management (Dip.PA&M)
Uganda Management Institute, Kampala, Uganda
Master of Arts in International Relations and Diplomacy (MA)
Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda[1]
Masters in Public Administration and Management (MPA&M)
Uganda Management Institute
Occupation Military Officer & Politician
Years active 2001 — present
Known for Politics
Home town Katakwi
Title Minister for Education
Religion Roman Catholic

Major (Retired) Jessica Rose Epel Alupo, commonly known as Jessica Alupo, is a Ugandan politician, educator and former military officer. She is the current Minister of Education in the Ugandan Cabinet. She was appointed to that position on Friday 27 May 2011.[2] She replaced Namirembe Bitamazire, who was dropped from the Cabinet. Jessica Alupo is also the elected Member of Parliament (MP) for the Katakwi District Women's Representative.


She was born in Katakwi District on 23 May 1974.[3]


Jessica Alupo trained as a high school teacher before she underwent the Officer Cadet Course at the Uganda Junior Staff College in Jinja. She holds the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Political Science & Linguistics (BA), obtained in 1997, from Makerere University, Uganda's oldest institution of higher education, founded in 1922. Her first Masters degree, the Master of Arts in International Relations & Diplomacy (MA), was also obtained from Makerere University in 2008. She also holds the Diploma in Public Administration and Management, (Dip.Pub.Adm.& Mgnt.), obtained in 2008 from Uganda Management Institute. Her second Masters degree is the Masters in Public Administration and Management, (MPA&M), obtained in 2009, also from Uganda Management Institute.[4]

Work experience[edit]

Over the years, she has been employed in various capacities including:

In 2001, she entered politics as a contestant for the Katakwi District Women's Representative. She ran on the ticket of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) political party. She won and was re-elected in 2006. That year, she was appointed State Minister for Youth and Children Affairs.[5] In 2011, she was successfully re-elected to her parliamentary constituency. In the cabinet reshuffle of 27 May 2011, she was elevated to Full Cabinet Minister and was given the Education & Sports portfolio.

Personal details[edit]

Jessica Alupo is married to Captain Michael Ding . She is reported to enjoy reading, community mobilization and travel.

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See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Is Lt. Alupo punching above her weight?". Daily Monitor. May 31, 2011. Retrieved September 10, 2013. "Lt. Alupo, who is currently pursuing a Masters degree in International Relations and Diplomacy at Makerere University" 
  2. ^ Mukasa, Henry (May 28, 2011). "Museveni names new Cabinet". New Vision Printing & Publishing Company Limited. Retrieved September 10, 2013. 
  3. ^ Jessica Alupo Was Born in May 1974
  4. ^ The Educational Background of Jessica Alupo
  5. ^ Jessica Alupo Appointed State Minister for Youth in 2006