Sam Kutesa

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Sam Kutesa
Ugandan Foreign Minister, Sam Kutesa.jpg
President of the United Nations General Assembly
Taking office
16 September 2014
Succeeding John William Ashe
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uganda
In office
13 January 2005 – September 2014
Preceded by Tom Butime
Personal details
Born (1949-02-01) 1 February 1949 (age 65)
Citizenship Uganda
Residence Nakasero, Uganda
Alma mater Bachelor of Laws (LLB)
Makerere University
Diploma in Legal Practice
Law Development Center
Occupation Lawyer & Politician
Religion Anglican

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.[1] In the cabinet reshuffles of 1 June 2006,[2] of 16 February 2009,[3] and that of 27 May 2011, [4] Sam Kutesa retained his cabinet post. He will be the president of the sixty-ninth session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Early life[edit]

He was born on 1 February 1949. He is a close associate of President Yoweri Museveni and was previously the Minister of State for Investment, from 2001 until 2005.[5]

In 2011, Kutesa was accused in a Parliamentary investigation of receiving bribes as kickbacks from Irish oil firm Tullow Oil.[6] 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.[6] 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.[7]


Sam Kutesa holds a law degree Bachelor of Law (LLB). He also holds the Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Center in Kampala.

Work experience and politics[edit]

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.[8]

United Nations General Assembly[edit]

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.[9] He was official elected by the UNGA on 11 June 2014.[10]

Personal life[edit]

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.[11]

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