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Janet Museveni

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Janet Museveni
First Lady of Uganda
Assumed role
29 January 1986
PresidentYoweri Museveni
Minister of Education and Sports
Assumed office
6 June 2016
PresidentYoweri Museveni
Preceded byJessica Alupo
Minister for Karamoja Affairs
In office
27 May 2011 – 6 June 2016
PresidentYoweri Museveni
Succeeded byJohn Byabagambi
Personal details
Janet Kainembabazi Kataaha

(1948-06-24) 24 June 1948 (age 75)
Kajara County, Ntungamo District, Protectorate of Uganda
(m. 1973)
ChildrenMuhoozi Kainerugaba
Natasha Karugire
Patience Rwabwogo
Diana Kamuntu

Janet Kainembabazi Museveni (née Kataaha; born June 24, 1948) is a Ugandan politician who has been the First Lady of Uganda since 1986. She is married to Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, with whom she has four children. She has been Cabinet Minister of Education and Sports since 6 June 2016, although her own education record is questioned.[1][2] She previously served as Minister for Karamoja Affairs in the Ugandan Cabinet from 27 May 2011 until 6 June 2016.[3][4] She also served as the elected Member of Parliament representing Ruhaama County in Ntungamo District, between 2011 and 2016. She published her autobiography, My Life's Journey, in 2011.[5][6]

Yoweri Kaguta Museveni with Obamas

Early life and marriage[edit]

Janet Kainembabazi Kataaha was born in Kajarra County, Ntungamo District[7] to Mr. Edward Birori and Mrs. Mutesi. She attended Kyamate Primary School, and Bweranyangi Girls' Senior Secondary School in Uganda. She was awarded a Master of Arts in Organisational Leadership and Management on 30th October 2015 from Uganda Christian University.[8]

Janet Museveni went into exile in 1971 because they were plundering Uganda, when Idi Amin toppled the Milton Obote regime in a military coup. She married Yoweri Museveni in August 1973.[9] When Idi Amin's regime fell from power in April 1979, she moved back to Uganda from Tanzania where she had been living in exile with her husband.

In February 1981 when Yoweri Museveni launched his guerrilla war against the government of President Obote, Janet Museveni and her children re-located to Nairobi, Kenya, where they lived with family friends until 1983. In 1983, they moved to Gothenburg,Sweden, and stayed there until May 1986, four months after Yoweri Museveni's National Resistance Army had seized power in Kampala.


Janet Museveni founded the Uganda Women's Effort to Save Orphans (UWESO), a private relief agency in late 1986, which she said was shaped by her experience as a refugee. She became involved with the HIV/AIDS campaigns in Uganda in the 1990s, forging ties with radical pastor Martin Ssempa for abstinence-only sex education in Uganda.[10]

In November 2005, she announced that she would seek the parliamentary seat of Ruhaama county in the February 2006 general elections. She contested the seat against the candidate for the Forum for Democratic Change, Augustine Ruzindana, and won overwhelmingly. She was re-elected in March 2011 to another five-year term.

On 16 February 2009, Janet Museveni was appointed State Minister for Karamoja Affairs, by her husband, President Yoweri Museveni.[11]

On 27 May 2011, she was elevated to Minister for Karamoja Affairs, complete with a State Minister for Karamoja Affairs.[12]

On 6 June 2016, after her husband's re-election as President, she was appointed Minister of Education and Sports.


The four children of Janet and Yoweri Museveni are:

  • Muhoozi Kainerugaba – Born 1974, General[13][14] in the UPDF and a Presidential Adviser.[9][15]
  • Natasha Karugire – Born 1976, fashion designer and consultant. Married to Edwin Karugire. Private Secretary to the President of Uganda for Household Affairs.[16]
  • Patience Rwabwogo – Born 1978, pastor of Covenant Nations Church,[17] Buziga, Kampala – Married to Odrek Rwabwogo.[18]
  • Diana Kamuntu – Born 1980, married to Geoffrey Kamuntu.[19]

Published works[edit]

  • My Life's Journey. Fountain Publishers. 2011. ISBN 978-9970-25-102-5.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Uganda State House (6 June 2016). "Museveni's new cabinet list At 6 June 2016" (PDF). Daily Monitor. Kampala. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 October 2016. Retrieved 13 June 2016.
  2. ^ "Observer". Janets degree is questioned.
  3. ^ "Full List of Ugandan Ministers Appointed by President Museveni". Daily Monitor. Kampala. 28 May 2011. Retrieved 13 June 2016.
  4. ^ "Museveni Names New Cabinet". Archived from the original on December 11, 2014.
  5. ^ "The world through the Musevenis' eyes". Retrieved 25 February 2015.
  6. ^ "From Ntungamo to State House: The Museveni love story". Archived from the original on 25 February 2015. Retrieved 25 February 2015.
  7. ^ "Biography". janetmusevni.org. Retrieved 18 January 2021.
  8. ^ "Top prominent UCU alumni......number five will shock you!". 11 May 2016.
  9. ^ a b Butagira, Tabu (22 May 2010). "Janet Museveni Opens Up On Love, Family And Politics". AllAfrica.com. The Monitor. Retrieved 20 October 2010. President Museveni writes in his autobiography: ... Janet and I were married in August 1973 while working for the East African Community and their first child, Muhoozi Kainerugaba, was born on April 24, 1974...
  10. ^ The Economist, July 3, 2010, page 45.
  11. ^ "Janet Museveni Appointed Minister of State". Archived from the original on February 22, 2009.
  12. ^ "Full of List of Ugandan Ministers Appointed by President Museveni". Monitor. January 24, 2021.
  13. ^ "Muhoozi Kainerugaba promoted to Major General" – via www.youtube.com.
  14. ^ "Museveni promotes Muhoozi to rank of Major General". Monitor. January 16, 2021.
  15. ^ Lt. Col. Muhoozi is Commander Special Forces The information given here is not the bible truth, Jannet can only be taken as mother in some sense but she is not the biological mum to the boy
  16. ^ "Natasha is a Fashion Guru". Archived from the original on February 19, 2010.
  17. ^ Church, Covenant Nations. "Welcome To CNC". www.covenantnationschurch.org. Archived from the original on 2018-04-12. Retrieved 2018-05-24.
  18. ^ "Patience Rwabwogo is a Pastor". Archived from the original on February 25, 2010.
  19. ^ "Geoffrey Kamuntu and His Wife". Archived from the original on February 25, 2010.

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