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|President of the United Nations General Assembly
16 September 2014
|Succeeding||John William Ashe|
|Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uganda|
13 January 2005 – September 2014
|Preceded by||Tom Butime|
1 February 1949 |
|Alma mater||Bachelor of Laws (LLB)
Diploma in Legal Practice
Law Development Center
|Occupation||Lawyer & Politician|
Sam Kahamba Kutesa is a Ugandan lawyer and politician. He is the current Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Ugandan Cabinet, a position he has held since 13 January 2005. He is also the elected Member of Parliament (MP) for "Mawogola County", Sembabule District. In the cabinet reshuffles of 1 June 2006, of 16 February 2009, and that of 27 May 2011,  Sam Kutesa retained his cabinet post. He will be the president of the sixty-ninth session of the United Nations General Assembly.
In 2011, Kutesa was accused in a Parliamentary investigation of receiving bribes as kickbacks from Irish oil firm Tullow Oil. Despite calls from MPs for him to resign along with the others accused, a lawyer, Severino Twinobusingye, 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.
Work experience and politics
From 1973 until 2001 Sam Kutesa was in private law practice. He served as Member of Parliament (MP) for Mbarara North Constituency, between 1980 until 1985 in then General Tito Okello Lutwa government. He served as Attorney General between 1985 and 1986. Between 1994 and 1995, he served as a delegate to the Constituent Assembly that drafted the 1995 Ugandan Constitution. He was elected MP for Mawogola County in 2001 and was re-elected in 2006. He is the current incumbent.
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni appointed Sam Kutesa as Minister of Foreign Affairs in 2005. Kutesa had been State Minister for Investments and took over the Foreign Ministry following the death of James Wapakhabulo.
United Nations General Assembly
As Africa is due to hold the presidency of the sixty-ninth session of the United Nations General Assembly, the African Union Executive Council unanimously chose him to be their candidate after the withdrawal of Cameroonian Foreign Minister Pierre Moukoko.
He is a member of the ruling National Resistance Movement political party. On Saturday, 16 August 2008, Sam Kutesa took as his wife, Edith Gasana, at a ceremony held at his residence in Nakasero, a Kampala suburb, and attended by President Yoweri Museveni and Uganda's First Lady, and MP for Ruhaama County, Ntungamo District, Janet Kataaha Museveni.
- Sam Kutesa is MP for Mawogola County Constituency
- Full Cabinet List, June 2006
- Full Cabinet List, February 2009
- Museveni Names New Cabinet, May 2011
- "Museveni reshuffles his cabinet", DPA, 13 January 2005.
- MPs Protest Shs12.9Bn Reward To Amama Lawyer, Uganda: Red Pepper (newspaper), 2013
- "Uganda: Museveni 'U.S. $50m Bribe' - the Inside Story". AllAfrica.com. Retrieved 21 March 2013.
- "Museveni Reshuffles His Cabinet". IOL (Kampala: Independent Online). 13 January 2005. Retrieved 20 October 2010.
- Kutesa Wedding on 16 August 2008