Henry Kajura

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Henry Kajura
Born (1927-07-07) 7 July 1927 (age 89)
Uganda Protectorate
Residence Kampala, Uganda
Nationality Ugandan
Citizenship Uganda
Education Makerere University
(Bachelor of Arts)
Occupation Politician
Years active 1966 — present
Known for Politics
Home town Hoima

Henry Muganwa Kajura (born 7 July 1927), commonly known as Henry Kajura, is a Ugandan administrator and politician. Until 2016 he served as the First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Service in the Cabinet of Uganda.[1]

Background and education[edit]

He was born on 7 July 1927, in Hoima District. He holds the degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA), from Makerere University, awarded when Uganda's oldest university was still affiliated with the University of London. He also has postgraduate qualifications in Administration, from Oxford University in the United Kingdom and in Management from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in the United States.[2]


Henry Kajura's long career as a public servant goes back to 1966 when he worked as the Deputy General Manager in Uganda's central bank, the Bank of Uganda, serving in that capacity until 1967. Between 1967 and 1973, he served as Secretary of the East African Development Bank. From 1973 until 1978, during the Idi Amin regime, he served as the Chairman and Managing Director of Uganda Commercial Bank, the precursor to Stanbic Bank Uganda. He then served as Governor of the Bank of Uganda from 1978 until 1979. During the same period, he concurrently served as a Non Executive Director of the East African Development Bank.

From 1988 until 1989, he served as the Chairman of Local Council V (LC V), for Hoima District. He was appointed Minister of Trade & Industry, Natural Resources, Water & Mineral Development in 1989, serving in that capacity until 1998. Between 1998 and 2001, he served as Minister of Water, Lands & the Environment, after Trade & Industry was split off to form a separate ministry. He was appointed Third Deputy Prime Minister in 2002, serving in that capacity until 2005 when he was appointed Second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Public Service.[3] In the cabinet reshuffle of May 2009,[4] and that of 27 May 2011,[5] he retained both his cabinet positions, being promoted to First Deputy Prime Minister in 2013.[6] Kajura was a member of Uganda's Cabinet, continuously from 1989[2][7] until 2016.

Kajura served as Member of Parliament for Bugahya County on behalf of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) from 1989[8] until 2006 (losing in the NRM primary to William Rwembera[9]) and for Hoima Municipality from 2011 to 2016, when he lost in the NRM primary to Lawrence Bategeka.[1][10] In the eighth Parliament (2011–16) he served an ex-officio Member of Parliament, on account of his cabinet appointment.

In February 2017 Kajura was appointed as the Bunyoro Omukama’s advisor on palace affairs by Solomon Gafabusa Iguru.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Minister Kajura, more MPs lose". Daily Monitor. 20 November 2017. Retrieved 27 May 2017. 
  2. ^ a b POU. "Profile of Kajura Henry Muganwa, Member of Parliament, Hoima Municipality, Hoima District". Parliament of Uganda (POU). Archived from the original on 23 October 2015. 
  3. ^ Mukasa, Henry (2 June 2006). "Cabinet Ministries Allocated". New Vision (Kampala). Archived from the original on 11 December 2014. Retrieved 20 February 2015. 
  4. ^ Newvision Archive. "Full Cabinet List As At 18 February 2009". New Vision (Kampala). Archived from the original on 13 February 2015. Retrieved 20 February 2015. 
  5. ^ Uganda State House (27 May 2011). "Comprehensive List of New Cabinet Appointments & Dropped Ministers". Facebook. Retrieved 20 February 2015. 
  6. ^ Cline, John (24 May 2013). "Museveni reshuffles Cabinet, Army and Permanent Secretaries.". ndagireliliana.blogspot.co.uk. Retrieved 27 May 2017. 
  7. ^ Fred Kayizzi, and Amlan Tumusiime (28 March 2005). "I Have No Use for FDC - Museveni". New Vision (Kampala). Archived from the original on 21 February 2015. Retrieved 20 February 2015. 
  8. ^ "Kajura loses". New Vision. 16 December 2005. Retrieved 27 May 2017. 
  9. ^ "Kajura, rivals reconcile at congratulatory party". New Vision. 12 June 2006. Retrieved 27 May 2015. 
  10. ^ Kivabulaya, Fredrick (19 November 2015). "Kajura Suffers Overwhelming Defeat in Primaries". Uganda Radio Network. Retrieved 22 May 2017. 
  11. ^ Bigirwenkya, Augustus (20 February 2017). "Omukama Iguru of Bunyoro Drops Eight Ministers, Appoints Kajura Advisor". GMEPA. Retrieved 27 May 2017. 

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