Paulo Muwanga

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Paulo Muwanga
6th President of Uganda
In office
12 May 1980 – 22 May 1980
Preceded byGodfrey Binaisa
Succeeded byPresidential Commission
4th Vice President of Uganda
In office
December 1980 – July 1985
PresidentMilton Obote
Preceded byMustafa Adrisi
Succeeded bySamson Kisekka
3rd Prime Minister of Uganda
In office
1 August 1985 – 25 August 1985
Preceded byOtema Allimadi
Succeeded byAbraham Waligo
Personal details
Paulo Frobisher Muwanga Seddugge Muyanja

(1924-04-04)4 April 1924
Died1 April 1991(1991-04-01) (aged 66)
Kampala, Uganda
Political partyUganda People's Congress

Paulo Frobisher Muwanga Seddugge Muyanja (4 April 1924 – 1 April 1991) was a Ugandan politician who served briefly as de facto president, and later as prime minister, of Uganda.


Paulo Frobisher Muwanga Seddugge Muyanja was born in Uganda on 4 April 1924.[1][a] He joined the East African Posts and Telecommunications Administration (1943–50) before entering politics in 1950.[2] He served as a member of Parliament from 1962 to 1964, before becoming ambassador to Egypt (1964–70) and France (1970–72).[2] He was then in exile in England from 1972 to 1978, before returning to fight in the Uganda–Tanzania War (1978–9).[2] He served briefly as minister of internal affairs, first under Yusuf Lule and then under Godfrey Binaisa.[2] Binaisa attempted to have Muwanga demoted to an ambassador in February 1980, but Muwanga appealed directly to the National Consultative Commission.[4] He was reappointed, this time as minister of labour, the same month, and held that position until May 1980.[2][4]

On 12 May 1980, the army overthrew Binaisa and installed a six-man Military Commission headed by Muwanga.[4] The commission was the de facto president of Uganda for a few days until the establishment of the Presidential Commission of Uganda. That commission, with Muwanga as chairman, held the powers of the president of Uganda between 22 May and 15 December 1980.

Following the elections held on 10 December 1980, Muwanga installed himself as the head of the Electoral Commission and declared Milton Obote's Uganda People's Congress the winner. The election results were contested, leading Yoweri Museveni to undertake a guerilla war in protest.

Between 1980 and 1985, he served as Vice President of Uganda and minister of defence under Obote.[2] He was briefly prime minister of Uganda (1 August[5] – 25 August 1985[6]) under President Tito Okello,[2] before being succeeded by Abraham Waligo.[7]

He was arrested in October 1986, acquitted in 1988, and detained again 1989–90.[2]

Personal life[edit]

While officially married to Nalongo Kasalina Zawedde Muwanga, he also maintained long term relationships with several mistresses and subsequently had numerous offspring.[8][9]

British actress Zawe Ashton is his granddaughter.[10]

Explanatory notes[edit]

  1. ^ Older sources reported 1925[2] or 1921.[3]


  1. ^ "Son tells about Muwanga's internal 'exile'". Daily Monitor. 30 May 2020. Retrieved 25 March 2022.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Uwechue, Raph, ed. (1996). Africa who's who (3rd ed.). Africa Books. p. 979. ISBN 090327423X. OCLC 36727692.
  3. ^ "Paulo Muwanga, 70, Ex-Ugandan Official". The New York Times. 2 April 1991. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 30 May 2017.
  4. ^ a b c Jørgensen, Jan Jelmert (1981). Uganda: a modern history. Taylor & Francis. pp. 335–339. ISBN 978-0-85664-643-0.
  5. ^ "The second-ranking official in the government of deposed President..." UPI. Retrieved 2021-10-01.
  6. ^ Reuters (1985-08-26). "UGANDA REMOVES PRIME MINISTER". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-10-01.
  7. ^ "Uganda Removes Prime Minister". The New York Times. 26 August 1985. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 30 May 2017.
  8. ^ Museveni visits family of ex-president Paulo Muwanga
  9. ^ Foreigners Flee Uganda, Tell of ‘Shooting, Looting’
  10. ^ Zawe Ashton always play extreme characters
Political offices
Preceded by President of Uganda
12–22 May 1980
Succeeded by
Preceded by Prime Minister of Uganda
1 August 1985 – 25 August 1985
Succeeded by

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