Amama Mbabazi

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John Patrick Amama Mbabazi
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Prime Minister of Uganda
In office
24 May 2011 – 18 September 2014
President Yoweri Museveni
Deputy Eriya Kategaya
Preceded by Apolo Nsibambi
Succeeded by Ruhakana Rugunda
Minister for Security
In office
24 February 2009 – 24 May 2011
Prime Minister Apolo Nsibambi
Preceded by Kabakumba Masiko
Succeeded by Wilson Muruuli Mukasa
Attorney General of Uganda
In office
1 May 2004 – 9 March 2006
Prime Minister Apolo Nsibambi
Preceded by Francis Ayume
Succeeded by Kiddu Makubuya
Member of Parliament
from Kanungu District
Assumed office
11 February 2003
Preceded by Constituency established
Personal details
Born Patrick Amama Mbabazi
(1949-01-16) 16 January 1949 (age 66)
Kabale, Uganda
Political party National Resistance Movement
Alma mater Makerere University
(Bachelor of Laws)
Law Development Centre
(Diploma in Legal Practice)
Religion Protestant

Patrick Amama Mbabazi (born 16 January 1949) is a Ugandan politician who was the Prime Minister of Uganda from 24 May 2011 to 19 September 2014. He was the tenth prime minister in Uganda's history.[1]

Mbabazi serves as the member of parliament for the Kinkiizi West constituency in Kanungu District, a position he has held since 1996.[2] He was Attorney General and Minister of Justice from 2004 to 2006, Minister of Defense from 2006 to 2009, and Minister of Security from 2009 to 2011.

Ruhakana Rugunda was appointed to replace Mbabazi as Prime Minister on 18 September 2014.[3] On 15 June 2015, Mbabazi declared he will run against President Yoweri Museveni for the National Resistance Movement's nomination for president at the party’s convention on 4 October 2015.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

He was born in Mparo Village, Rukiga County, in present-day Kabale District, on 16 January 1949.[1] He attended Kigezi College Butobere for his high school education.[5] Mbabazi earned a Bachelor of Laws from Makerere University[1] in 1975.[citation needed] He received a postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Center in Kampala[1] in 1976.[citation needed] He is an Advocate of the Courts of Judicature of Uganda and has been a member of the Uganda Law Society since 1977.[6]

Professional career[edit]

Before joining politics, he worked as a state attorney in the Attorney General's Chambers from 1976 to 1978, rising to the position of secretary of the Uganda Law Council from 1977 to 1979.[1]

Between 1986 and 1992, he served as head of the External Security Organization.[1]

He has also served[when?] as Minister of State in the President's Office, in charge of political affairs.[1]

Between 1986 and 1992, he was Minister of State for Defence.[1] Subsequently, he served as Minister of State for Regional Cooperation from 1998 to 2001.[1] In 2004, he was appointed as Attorney General and Minister of Justice.[citation needed] He held that portfolio until he was appointed as Minister of Defence in 2006, a position he held until he was appointed as Minister of Security.[7] He served as Minister of Security from February 2009[8] until May 2011, when he was appointed Prime Minister.

In 1994, he served as a delegate to the Constituent Assembly that drew up the 1995 Ugandan Constitution.[citation needed] He became[when?] secretary of the NRM caucus in the Constituent Assembly.[1]

He was Secretary General of the NRM from November 2005 to January 2015.[9][10]


Mbabazi has represented Uganda in international fora, including the United Nations Security Council, where he argued for the international community to allow the Uganda People's Defense Force to pursue the Lord's Resistance Army fighters into the Democratic Republic of the Congo.[11] He also represented Uganda at the signing of the Lusaka Ceasefire Agreement[citation needed] that resulted in the resolution of the Second Congo War.

Personal life[edit]

Mbabazi is married to Jacqueline Mbabazi, the chairperson of the Women's League in the NRM. They are the parents of Nina Mbabazi and five other children. Mbabazi is a very close friend and business associate of Amos Nzeyi.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Musoke, Cyprian (24 May 2011). "Amama Mbabazi's road to Prime Minister". New Vision. Retrieved 15 July 2015. 
  2. ^ Daily Monitor, Editors (2011). "Members of the 9th Ugandan Parliament (2011 - 2016)" (PDF). Daily Monitor. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "Ruhakana Rugunda new Prime Minister", New Vision, 19 September 2014.
  4. ^ "Bored of the Big Man: Is the Ugandan president’s 29-year rule coming to an end?". The Economist. 20 June 2015. Retrieved 21 June 2015. 
  5. ^ Ssekika, Edward (14 August 2011). "Mbabazi, Mutebile to revive former school". The Observer (Uganda). Kampala. Retrieved 15 July 2015. 
  6. ^ Uganda Parliament (2011). "Amama Mbabazi: Member of Parliament, Kinkiizi County West, Kanungu District". Parliament of Uganda. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  7. ^ Mukasa, Henry (2 June 2006). "Ministries allocated". New Vision. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  8. ^ New Vision, Archive (18 February 2009). "Full cabinet list". New Vision. Retrieved 15 July 2015. 
  9. ^ Ssengendo, Abdulkarim (31 December 2008). "Mbabazi launches campaign for NRM's Byarugaba in Isingiro". New Vision. Retrieved 15 July 2015. 
  10. ^ "Court dismisses Mbabazi-NRM case", The Insider, 8 January 2015, accessed 15 July 2015
  11. ^ Newvision, Archive (21 April 2006). "Who is at fault?". New Vision. Retrieved 15 July 2015. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Francis Ayume
Attorney General of Uganda
Succeeded by
Kiddu Makubuya
Preceded by
Yoweri Museveni
Minister of Defence
Succeeded by
Crispus Kiyonga
Preceded by
Wilson Muruuli Mukasa
Minister for Security
Succeeded by
Wilson Muruuli Mukasa
Preceded by
Apolo Nsibambi
Prime Minister of Uganda
Succeeded by
Ruhakana Rugunda