Chris Baryomunsi

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Chris Baryomunsi
State Minister of Health for General Duties
Personal details
Born Chris Baryomunsi
(1969-12-09) 9 December 1969 (age 46)
Kanungu, Uganda
Citizenship Uganda
Nationality Ugandan
Spouse(s) Fosca Twebaze
Residence Kampala, Uganda
Alma mater Kayungwe Primary School
(Primary Leaving Certificate)
St. Paul Seminary Kabale
(Uganda Certificate of Education)
(Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education)
Makerere University
(Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery)
(Postgraduate Diploma in Demography)
(Master of Arts in Demography)
University of Brighton
(Postgraduate Diploma in HIV/AIDS Management)
Occupation Physician, politician
Known for HIV/AIDS Management, politics
Religion Catholic

Chris Baryomunsi (born 9 December 1969) is a Ugandan physician, public health specialist, demographer, and politician. He is the State Minister for Housing in the Cabinet of Uganda. He was appointed to that position on 6 June 2016.[1] Previously, from 1 March 2015 until 6 June 2016, he served as State Minister of Health for General Duties.[2]

Baryomunsi is the elected Member of Parliament for Kinkiizi County East and a member of Uganda's ruling party, the National Resistance Movement (NRM}.[3] He was appointed as State Health Minister for General Duties on 1 March 2015, replacing Elioda Tumwesigye.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Baryomunsi was born in Murama Village, Nyakishenyi, Rukungiri District, on 9 December 1969 to Aloysius Mpungirehe and Rosaria Kamayangi.

In 1971, when Chris was two years old, his parents migrated to Kayungwe, Rugyeyo in present day Kanungu District. Baryomunsi attended Kayungwe Primary School for his primary education and St. Paul's Seminary, Kabale for his O-Level and A-Level education. He was admitted to Makerere University, the largest public university in Uganda to study human medicine. In 1995, he graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree. In 1997, he was awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Demography, and in 1998 he received the Master of Arts in Demography, all from Makerere. In 2003, he received the Postgraduate Diploma in HIV/AIDS Management from the University of Brighton.[3]

Medical career[edit]

From 1995 until 1999, he worked as a medical officer and later as a medical trainer of the integrated management of childhood diseases. From 1999 to 2002, he worked as a reproductive health and HIV/AIDS Adviser for Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit based in Fort Portal in the Western Region of Uganda. He later worked as a programme adviser for UNFPA between 2002 and 2006. He also worked as a part-time lecturer at the Department of Population Studies, Institute of Statistics and Applied Economics, Makerere University and at the Makerere University School of Public Health between 1998 and 2006.[3]

Political career[edit]

Baryomunsi began his political career in high school, where he served as the elected minister for education at St. Paul’s Seminary from 1988 to 1990. While at Makerere University in the early 1990s, he was the finance secretary for the Federation of African Medical Students' Association and the secretary for finance for the Makerere University Medical Students’ Association. In 2005, he was appointed as a United Nations Population Fund HIV/AIDS Advisor for Harare. He turned down the job so that he could contest in the 2006 Ugandan parliamentary election. He ran as the NRM political party candidate for the Kinkiizi County East constituency in Kanungu District and was elected to Parliament.[3] He was also elected president of the African Parliamentarians Forum on Population and Development. While in Parliament, he served on the Social Services Committee and has served on the Health and HIV/AIDS Committees to date. He also has served as a Parliamentary Commissioner for NRM in the Parliament of Uganda from June 2011 to April 2014.[4] On 1 March 2015, he was appointed as State Minister of Health for General Duties.[5] On 6 June 2016, he was appointed State Minister for Housing.[6]

Other considerations[edit]

He is known to be an independent thinker, who is not afraid to disagree with his party when it diverts "from pro-people issues".[7][8]

He has served or continues to serve in the following capacities: (a) vice chairperson of HIV and AIDS Committee, in the Parliament (b) former chairman of the board of directors of the AIDS Information Centre (c) technical advisor on HIV and AIDS, United Nations Population Fund (d) programme advisor, United Nations Population Fund, and (e) member of the Parliamentary Budget Committee.[4]

Personal details[edit]

A Mukiga by ethnicity,[9] he was born and raised in a Roman Catholic family. His father converted to Catholicism in the early 1950s, despite having been raised in a Protestant household.

Baryomunsi is married to Fosca Twebaze. They were married in a Catholic Church ceremony in 1999, and they have two children.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Uganda State House (6 June 2016). "Museveni's new cabinet list At 6 June 2016" (PDF). Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 27 June 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Uganda State House (1 March 2015). "Full Cabinet List As At 1 March 2015" (PDF). Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 3 March 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d POU (2012). "Profile of Chris Baryomunsi, Member of Parliament for Kinkiizi County East, Kanungu District". Parliament of Uganda (POU). Retrieved 3 March 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c Kasyate, Simon (27 October 2014). "Interview: Dr. Baryomunsi Has Bigger Ambitions Than Being MP". The Observer (Uganda). Retrieved 4 March 2015. 
  5. ^ Monitor Team (3 March 2015). "Reshuffle Draws Mixed Reactions Countrywide". Daily Monitor Mobile (Kampala). Retrieved 4 March 2015. 
  6. ^ Uganda State House (6 June 2016). "Uganda's New Cabinet As At 6 June 2016". Retrieved 27 June 2016. 
  7. ^ Lumu, David Tash (29 July 2012). "Mbabazi Must First Resign NRM Job". The Observer (Uganda). Retrieved 4 March 2015. 
  8. ^ Kaaya, Sadab Kitatta (14 November 2014). "Uganda: Kanungu Won't Back Mbabazi - Baryomunsi". The Observer (Uganda) via Retrieved 4 March 2015. 
  9. ^ Newvision Archive (8 August 2007). "Corridors Of Power: Original Mukiga". New Vision (Kampala). Retrieved 4 March 2015. 

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