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. Prior to this position, he served as the Minister for Security in the Ugandan Cabinet from February 2009 to May 2011.[1] He also served as the Secretary General of the National Resistance Movement from November 2005 to January 2015.[2][3] Amama Mbabazi also serves as the Member of Parliament for Kinkiizi West constituency in Kanungu District, a position he has held since 1996 after the promulgation of the Constitution.[4] After being sacked as Prime Minister and NRM Secretary General, John Patrick Amama Mbabazi decided to launch himself anew, this time as a presidential hopeful. However, only time will tell if this Son of Kanungu will become President in 2016 when Uganda goes to the polls.[5]


He was born in Mparo Village, Rukiga County, in present-day Kabale District, on 16 January 1949.


Mbabazi holds a law degree, Bachelor of Laws (LLB), from Makerere University, obtained in 1975. He also holds the postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice obtained from the Law Development Center, Kampala, obtained in 1976. He is an Advocate of the Courts of Judicature of Uganda and a member of the Uganda Law Society since 1977.[6]

Professional career[edit]

Prior to joining politics, he worked as State Attorney in the Attorney General's Chambers, rising to the position of Secretary of the Uganda Law Council. Between 1986 and 1991 he served as Director General of the External Security Organization (ESO), being the first person to serve in that position. In 1994, he served as a delegate to the Constituent Assembly that drew up the 1995 Ugandan Constitution. He became the Chairman of the National Resistance Movement Delegates Caucus.

He has also served as Minister of State in the President's office, in-charge of Political Affairs. Between 1986 and 1992 he was Minister of State for Defence. Subsequently, he served as Minister of State for Foreign Affairs in charge of Regional Cooperation. In 2004, he was appointed as Attorney General and Minister of Justice. He held that portfolio until he was appointed Minister of Defence in 2006, a position he held until he was appointed Security Minister.[7] He served as Security Minister from February 2009 until May 2011, when he was appointed Prime Minister. He was the tenth Prime Minister in Uganda's history.[8]

Ruhakana Rugunda was appointed to replace Mbabazi on 18 September 2014.[9]

On 15 June 2015, Mbabazi declared he will run against President Museveni for the party's nomination as presidential candidate at the party’s convention on 4 October.[10]


Over the years, Amama 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 (UPDF) to pursue the Lord's Resistance Army fighters beyond Uganda's borders.[11] He also represented Uganda at the signing of the Lusaka Ceasefire Agreement that resulted in the resolution of the Second Congo War.

Personal details[edit]

Amama Mbabazi is married to Jacqueline Mbabazi, the Chairperson of the Women's League in the National Resistance Movement (NRM). They are the parents of Nina Mbabazi and five other children. Amama Mbabazi is a very close friend and business associate of Amos Nzeyi.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Newvision, Archive (18 February 2009). "Uganda: Full Cabinet List 18 February 2009". New Vision. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Ssengendo, Abdulkarim (31 December 2008). "Mbabazi Launches Campaign for NRM's Byarugaba In Isingiro". New Vision. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  3. ^ Butagira, Tabu (24 May 2011). "Museveni Tells Mbabazi To Resign NRM Secretary General Job". Daily Monitor. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  4. ^ Daily Monitor, Editors (2011). "Members of the 9th Ugandan Parliament (2011 - 2016)" (PDF). Daily Monitor. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  5. ^ Newvision:
  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. ^ Musoke, Cyprian (24 May 2011). "Amama Mbabazi's Road To Prime Minister". New Vision. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  9. ^ "Ruhakana Rugunda new Prime Minister", New Vision, 19 September 2014.
  10. ^ "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. 
  11. ^ Newvision, Archive (21 April 2006). "Who Is At Fault?". New Vision. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 

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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