Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi

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Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi
Born 1972 (age 45–46)
Residence Mutundwe, Kampala, Uganda
Nationality Ugandan
Citizenship Uganda
Education Makerere University
(Bachelor of Commerce)
Occupation Businesswoman & Politician
Years active 1998 — present
Home town Masaka
Title Minister of State for Youth and Children Affairs
Spouse(s) Deogratius Kiyingi

Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi (née Florence Nakiwala), is a Ugandan businesswoman and politician. She is the Minister of State for Youth and Children Affairs in the Cabinet of Uganda. She was appointed to that position on 6 June 2016.[1]

Background and education[edit]

Florence Nakiwala was born in 1972, in Kimanya, Masaka District, to the late Charles Ssonko and Perepetwa Najjuma, as the 8th born of their 12 offspring. Her father was the County Chief of Buddu at that time. She attended Kimanya Primary School before she was admitted to Trinity College Nabbingo for her O-Level and A-Level education. While at Nabbingo, she was appointed the sanitary prefect at the school.[2]

She studied at Makerere University, graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. While there, she was elected to the executive committee of Nkoba Za Mbogo, the Baganda students’ organisation at Makerere University. She also served as the leader of the commerce students in her course. In her first year at Makerere, she met and eventually fell in love with her husband, Deogratius Kiyingi, the Member of Parliament for Bukomansimbi South Constituency in the 10th Parliament (2016 - 2021).[2]

Career in business[edit]

As a teenager, still in middle school, she took a trip to London and witnessed how a well-run health facility operates. This created a burning desire in her to own a well-run healthcare facility when she grew up. After graduating from Makerere she established Lisa Medical Centre, a chain of clinics and short-stay hospitals in Uganda, with a branch in Nairobi, Kenya.[2]

Career in Buganda Government[edit]

She served as the Minister for Youth Affairs in the Kingdom of Buganda, for a period of five years. She then served as the Tourism Minister in the kingdom, a post she held until June 2016.[3]

Career in national politics[edit]

During the 2016 national elections, Florence Nakwala contested the Kampala Women Representative seat in the 10th parliament (2016 - 2021). She ran on the Democratic Party ticked. She lost to the incumbent, Nabilah Naggayi Sempala of the Forum for Democratic Change political party.[4] In a surprise move, President Yoweri Museveni named Nakiwala Minister of State for Youth and Children, on 6 June 2016.[5]


Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi is married to Dogratius Kiyingi since 1998. They are of the Roman Catholic faith. Together, they are parents to five children, three boys and two girls.[2] Effective 6 June 2016, she was appointed chairperson of Express FC, a member of Uganda's Premier Soccer League.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Uganda State House (6 June 2016). "Museveni's new cabinet list At 6 June 2016" (PDF). Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 7 June 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d Lutwama, Samuel (11 February 2014). "Family must take first place — Kiyingi". New Vision. Kampala. Retrieved 4 November 2016.
  3. ^ Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi (10 February 2013). "Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi: A Woman of Substance". Kampala: Florencenakiwalakiyingi.wordpress.com. Retrieved 4 November 2016.
  4. ^ Paul Tajuba, and Joseph Kiggundu (20 February 2016). "Winners and losers in Kampala, Wakiso MP races". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 4 November 2016.
  5. ^ Nakirigya, Shabibah (7 June 2016). "DP Cannot Back Nakiwala for Museveni's Ministerial Appointment - Mao". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 4 November 2016.
  6. ^ Bbosa, Denis (30 July 2016). "Nakiwala wishes Eagles can fly again". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 4 November 2016.

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