Kirunda Kivejinja

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Kirunda Kivejinja
Kirunda Kivejinja

(1935-06-12) 12 June 1935 (age 83)
Alma materDelhi University
(BSc in Zoology)
Years active1962 - present
Home townIganga
TitleSecond Deputy Prime Minister of Uganda & Minister of East African Community Affairs

Ali Kirunda Kivejinja (born 12 June 1935), more commonly known as Kirunda Kivejinja, is a veteran Ugandan politician and senior presidential advisor to the President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni. He is the Second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of East African Community Affairs in the Ugandan Cabinet. He was appointed to that position on 6 June 2016.[1]

Previously, he has variously served as the Minister for Relief and Social Rehabilitation, Internal Affairs and as Deputy Prime Minister of Uganda.[2]


Kivejinja studied at the Kibuli Junior School and Busoga College Mwiri in Uganda and then took a pre-university course at Madras Christian College before obtaining a Bachelor of Science (Honours) Degree in Zoology at Delhi University on a Government of India scholarship. While in India he was treasurer of the African Students Association which had among its members Bingu wa Mutharika, John Malecela and John Mataure.[3]

Political career[edit]

Kivejinja returned to Uganda in 1962. During the 1960s he served a political mobilizer for the Uganda People's Congress, the ruling political party at that time.[3] Since the overthrow of the second Milton Obote regime in 1986, Kivejinja has served in several positions in the government led by President Yoweri Museveni. In 1986, he was appointed Minister of Relief and Social Rehabilitation.[3] He has since served as Minister of Internal Affairs and Third Deputy Prime Minister of Uganda. Since August 2012 he has been made Senior Presidential Advisor for Internal Affairs to President Museveni.[4][5] On 6 June 2016, he was named as the new Second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for East African Affairs in the new Cabinet announced that day.[6]


Kivejinja is the author of Uganda: The Crisis of Confidence, a book about Uganda's political history.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Uganda State House (6 June 2016). "Museveni's new cabinet list At 6 June 2016" (PDF). Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 13 June 2016.
  2. ^ Yolisigira, Yazid (22 August 2014). "Kivejinja Returns To Challenge MP Katuntu". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 5 February 2015.
  3. ^ a b c Abaisemenhya, . (2010). "AbaiseMenhya Royal Clan of Busoga In Uganda: Kirunda Kivejinja". Retrieved 5 February 2015.
  4. ^ Matsiko, Haggai (18 August 2012). "Museveni Appoints New Envoys And Presidential Advisors". The Independent (Uganda). Archived from the original on 5 February 2015. Retrieved 5 February 2015.
  5. ^ John Semakula, and John Masaba (27 January 2013). "Coup Talk Real, Says Kivejinja". New Vision. Kampala. Retrieved 5 February 2015.
  6. ^ Uganda State House (6 June 2016). "Uganda's New Cabinet As At 6 June 2016". Retrieved 13 June 2016.
  7. ^ Kigambo, Gaaki (26 December 2014). "Kivejinja Tells of A Dramatic Past That Seems To Be Repeating Itself". The EastAfrican (Nairobi). Retrieved 5 February 2015.