Abed Bwanika

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Abed Bwanika
Born (1967-08-01) 1 August 1967 (age 52)
Alma materMakerere University
(Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine)
(Master of Veterinary Science)
OccupationVeterinarian, politician, pastor
Years active1987 — present
Known forPolitics
Home townLwengo
People's Development Party/DP Balock
Spouse(s)Gladys Namusuwe[1]

Abed Bwanika (born 1 August 1967) is a Ugandan veterinarian, politician, and pastor. He is the President of the People's Development Party, an opposition political party in Uganda.[2]

Background and education[edit]

Bwanika was born on 1 August 1967 in modern-day Lwengo District.[3] He attended Kimwanyu Primary School, near his parents' home in Lwengo District. Later, he studied at Masaka Secondary School for his 'O' level, and at Kigezi High School for his 'A' level. He was admitted to Makerere University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine degree. Later, he earned a Master of Science degree in the same field, also from Makerere.[4]


Following his first degree, he stayed on at Makerere as a graduate tutor, while he conducted research and pursued a second degree.[4] In 2001, he left teaching and a private veterinary consultancy. He also opened a church, Christian Witness Church.[5]

During the 1996 presidential elections, he supported Yoweri Museveni but switched allegiance to Kizza Besigye in 2001. He ran as an independent candidate in the February 2006 presidential election,[5] where he finished in fourth place, with 0.95 percent of the vote (65,874 total votes).[6]

He again contested the February 2011 presidential elections as the candidate of the People's Development Party, which he founded; he is also the party's president.[7] The second-time around, he received about 14,000 fewer votes (51,708 total votes), garnering 0.65 percent of the popular vote.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Bwanika is married to Gladys Namusuwe, a fish biologist and lecturer in the Department of Zoology at Makerere University. They have been married since 1995 and are the parents of three sons: Wise, Chosen, and Delight.[1]

Election results[edit]

e • d Summary of the 23 February 2006 Ugandan presidential election results
Candidates - nominating parties Votes %
Yoweri Museveni - National Resistance Movement 4,109,449 59.26
Kizza Besigye - Forum for Democratic Change 2,592,954 37.39
John Ssebaana Kizito - Democratic Party 109,583 1.58
Abed Bwanika - Independent 65,874 0.95
Miria Obote - Uganda People's Congress 57,071 0.82
Total 6,934,931 100.00
Source: New Vision newspaper, Electoral Commission of Uganda
e • d Summary of the 18 February 2011 Ugandan presidential election results
Candidates – Parties Votes %
Yoweri MuseveniNational Resistance Movement 5,428,368 68.38
Kizza BesigyeForum for Democratic Change 2,064,963 26.01
Norbert MaoDemocratic Party 147,917 1.86
Olara OtunnuUganda People's Congress 125,059 1.58
Beti KamyaUganda Federal Alliance 52,782 0.66
Abed BwanikaPeople's Development Party 51,708 0.65
Jaberi Bidandi SsaliPeople's Progress Party 34,688 0.44
Samuel Lubegaindependent 32,726 0.41
Valid votes 7,938,212 95.96
Invalid votes 334,548 4.04
Total votes (turnout: 59.29%) 8,272,760 100.00
Source: Electoral Commission of Uganda

(Ugandan Presidential election, 2016)


  1. ^ a b Newvision Archive (29 October 2010). "Abed Bwanika And Gladys Namusuwe of PDP". New Vision (Kampala). Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  2. ^ Mukombozi, Rajab (30 March 2015). "Get Out of Kampala, Bwanika Tells Opposition". Daily Monitor (Kampala). Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  3. ^ Bindhe, Edward (20 March 2014). "Dr. Abed Bwanika Among Evicted Lwengo Wetland Encroachers". Uganda Radio Network (URN). Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  4. ^ a b Ashaba, Anita (30 September 2013). "Abed Bwanika: I Was Called To Do Big Things In Life". Ugo.co.ug. Retrieved 30 March 2015.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ a b BBC (17 February 2006). "Uganda's Other Presidential Hopefuls". BBC News. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  6. ^ a b UEC (March 2011). "Ugandan Presidential Election, 2011". Uganda Electoral Commission (UEC). Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  7. ^ News (30 November 2010). "Eight Candidates to Contest Uganda 2011 Elections". Africanelections.org Quoting Uganda Electoral Commission. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
Preceded by
President of the People's Development Party
2010 - Present
Succeeded by