Paulo Muwanga

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Paulo Muwanga
6th President of Uganda
In office
12 May 1980 – 22 May 1980
Preceded by Godfrey Binaisa
Succeeded by Presidential Commission
3rd Prime Minister of Uganda
In office
1 August 1985 – 25 August 1985
Preceded by Otema Allimadi
Succeeded by Abraham Waligo
Personal details
Born c. 1921
Died 1 April 1991 (aged 70)
Kampala, Uganda
Nationality Ugandan
Political party Uganda People's Congress

Paulo Muwanga (c. 1921 – 1 April 1991) was the chairman of the governing Military Commission, and the de facto President of Uganda for a few days in May 1980 until the establishment of the Presidential Commission of Uganda. The Presidential Commission, with Muwanga as chairman, held the powers of the president of Uganda between 22 May and 15 December 1980. This was after Muwanga, together with Yoweri Museveni, Oyite Ojok and Tito Okello had deposed Godfrey Binaisa in a coup on 12 May 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. Yoweri Museveni waged a guerrilla war in protest, eventually becoming president.

From 1 August to 25 August 1985, he served as Prime Minister.

His granddaughter is actress Zawe Ashton.[1]


Political offices
Preceded by
Godfrey Binaisa
President of Uganda
12–22 May 1980
Succeeded by
Presidential Commission of Uganda
Preceded by
Otema Allimadi
Prime Minister of Uganda
1 August 1985 – 25 August 1985
Succeeded by
Abraham Waligo

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