Crispus Kiyonga

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Crispus Kiyonga
Born (1952-01-01) 1 January 1952 (age 65)
Residence Kampala, Uganda
Nationality Ugandan
Citizenship Uganda
Education Makerere University
(Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery )
Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
(Master of Health Science in Population Dynamics)
Occupation Physician, politician
Years active 1980 — present
Known for Politics
Home town Bwera, Kasese District
Title Minister of Defence

Crispus Walter Kiyonga, whose first name is sometimes spelled Chrispus, is a Ugandan politician and physician who served as Minister of Defence in the Cabinet of Uganda from 2006 to 2016.[1] Prior to that, he was Minister Without Portfolio in the Office of the President from 2005 to 2006. During the cabinet reshuffle of 16 February 2009,[2] that of 27 May 2011,[3] and that of 1 March 2015,[4] he retained his cabinet post. He recently lost the Member of Parliament (MP) seat for Bukonjo County West to Hon. Robert Katusabe, Kasese District, in the Ugandan Parliament.[5]

Background and education[edit]

Kiyonga was born in Kasese District in western Uganda in 1952. Between 1959 and 1966, he attended Bwera Primary School, in Bwera, a few kilometres from the Ugandan border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo. During 1967 through 1970, he attended Nyakasura School from S1 to S4. He studied for his S5 and S6 at Kings College Budo from 1971 to 1972.

From 1973 through 1978, he attended Makerere University School of Medicine where he obtained his first medical degree, the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) in 1978. Later, in 2004, he obtained a Master of Health Science (MHS) with specialisation in Population Dynamics from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. His studies at Johns Hopkins were funded through a Fogarty International Center Scholarship.[6][7]


During the first post-Idi Amin national elections in Uganda in 1980, Kiyonga participated as a candidate on the Uganda Patriotic Movement (UPM) platform. He won in his constituency, making him the only UPM candidate who won during those elections. He joined the National Resistance Movement (NRM) during its struggle against the second Milton Obote regime from 1981 until 1986.

From 1986, when the NRM assumed power in Uganda, until 2006 when he was appointed as Minister of Defense, Crispus Kiyonga held several cabinet and non-cabinet posts in the Ugandan Government:

  • 1986 - 1986: Minister for Cooperatives & Marketing
  • 1986 - 1992: Minister of Finance - Credited with the establishment of Uganda Revenue Authority.
  • 1994 - 1996: Minister of Internal Affairs
  • 1996 - 2001: Minister of Health - Credited with efficient handling of Ebola outbreak in Gulu in 2000. Chairman Global Fund.
  • 2001 - 2006: Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the President and National Political Commissar.
  • 2006 - 2016: Minister of Defense

Between 1992 and 1994, Kiyonga left the government temporarily to serve as a consultant with the World Bank and the African Development Bank. He returned to active politics in 1994 when he was elected to the Constituent Assembly that drew up the 1995 Uganda Constitution. He continues to represent his constituency, Bukonjo County West, in the Ugandan Parliament, a constituency he has continuously represented since 1980.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Mukasa, Henry (2 June 2006). "Cabinet Ministries Allocated". New Vision (Kampala). Archived from the original on December 11, 2014. Retrieved 3 April 2015. 
  2. ^ Newvision Archive, . (18 February 2009). "Full Cabinet List As At 18 February 2009". New Vision (Kampala). Archived from the original on February 13, 2015. Retrieved 3 April 2015. 
  3. ^ Uganda State House, . (27 May 2011). "Comprehensive List of New Cabinet Appointments & Dropped Ministers". Retrieved 3 April 2015. 
  4. ^ Uganda State House, . (1 March 2015). "Full Cabinet List As At 1 March 2015" (PDF). Daily Monitor (Kampala). Retrieved 3 April 2015. 
  5. ^ Moses Walubiri, and Mary Karugaba (11 January 2013). "Defence Minister Kiyonga Tells MPs to 'Behave'". New Vision (Kampala). Retrieved 3 April 2015. 
  6. ^ JHBSPH, . (26 April 2006). "Hopkins Fogarty AIDS International Training & Research Program: Long Term Degree Trainees - Years 1-20". Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHBSPH). Retrieved 3 April 2015. 
  7. ^ a b Etukuri, Charles (9 November 2005). "Kiyonga: A Loyal Movement Cadre". New Vision (Kampala). Retrieved 3 April 2015. 

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