Crispus Kiyonga

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Crispus Kiyonga
Kiyonga in 2015
Born (1952-01-01) 1 January 1952 (age 71)
EducationMakerere University
(Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery)
Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
(Master of Health Science in Population Dynamics)
Occupation(s)Physician, politician
Years active1980 — present
Known forPolitics
TitleUganda's Ambassador to China

Crispus Walter Kiyonga (born 1 January 1952), whose first name is sometimes spelled Chrispus, is a Ugandan physician, politician and diplomat, who serves as Uganda's Ambassador to China, based in Beijing.[1] He previously served as the Minister of Defence in the Cabinet of Uganda from 2006 to 2016.[2]

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,[3] and that of 27 May 2011,[4] and that of 1 March 2015,[5] he retained his cabinet post. In 2016, he lost the Member of Parliament (MP) seat for Bukonjo County West to Hon. Robert Katusabe, Kasese District, in the Ugandan Parliament.[6]

Background and education[edit]

Kiyonga was born in Kasese District in the Western Region of Uganda on 1 January 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.[7]

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.[8][9]


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.[7]

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:[7]

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 continuously represented Bukonjo County West, in the Ugandan Parliament, from 1980 until 2016.[9] In 2016, he was appointed Uganda's Ambassador to China.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Kiyonga presents credentials to China President Xi Jinping". The Independent (Uganda). Kampala. 19 September 2017. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  2. ^ Mukasa, Henry (2 June 2006). "Ministries Allocated". New Vision. Kampala. Archived from the original (Archived from the original on 11 December 2014) on 11 December 2014. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  3. ^ "Full Cabinet List As At 18 February 2009". New Vision. Kampala. 18 February 2009. Archived from the original (Archived from the original on 15 February 2015) on 13 February 2015. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Comprehensive List of New Cabinet Appointments & Dropped Ministers". 27 May 2011. Retrieved 3 April 2015.
  5. ^ "Full Cabinet List As At 1 March 2015" (PDF). Daily Monitor. Kampala. 1 March 2015. Retrieved 3 April 2015.
  6. ^ Walubiri, Moses; Karugaba, Mary (11 January 2013). "Defence Minister Kiyonga Tells MPs to 'Behave'". New Vision. Kampala. Archived from the original on 9 April 2015. Retrieved 3 April 2015.
  7. ^ a b c "The Ugandan Former Minister of Defense, Hon. Dr. Crispus Walter Kiyonga: 2006 – 2016". Entebbe: UPDF Special Forces Command. 2018. Archived from the original on 18 April 2019. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  8. ^ "Hopkins Fogarty AIDS International Training & Research Program: Long Term Degree Trainees - Years 1-20". Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. 26 April 2006. Archived from the original on 6 April 2015. Retrieved 3 April 2015.
  9. ^ a b Etukuri, Charles (9 November 2005). "Kiyonga: A Loyal Movement Cadre". New Vision (Kampala). Archived from the original on 9 April 2015. Retrieved 3 April 2015.
  10. ^ Buufu, Emma. "Why Uganda ranks highly in tax administration | supplements".
  11. ^ Lumu, David (8 May 2017). "China Envoy Wagidoso Paves Way For Kiyonga". New Vision. Kampala. Retrieved 18 April 2019.

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