Ruth Nankabirwa

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Ruth Nankabirwa
Born (1965-11-28) November 28, 1965 (age 51)
Kiboga, Uganda
Residence Kampala, Uganda
Nationality Ugandan
Citizenship Uganda
Education Makerere University
(BA in Fine Art)
(MA in Peace & Conflict Studies)
Occupation Artist & Politician
Years active 1994 — present
Known for Politics
Home town Kiboga
Title Chief Government Whip

Ruth Nankabirwa Ssentamu is a Ugandan politician, the current Chief Government Whip in the Ugandan Cabinet. She was appointed to that position on 1 March 2015,[1] replacing Justine Lumumba Kasule, who was given the post of Secretary General of the ruling National Resistance Movement political party in Uganda on 23 December 2014.[2] Prior to that, from 27 May 2011 until 1 March 2015, Nankabirwa served as the State Minister for Fisheries in the Cabinet of Uganda replacing Fred Mukisa, who was dropped from the cabinet.[3] Prior to that, she served as State Minister for Microfinance, from 16 February 2009 until 27 May 2011.[4] She also concurrently serves as the elected member of parliament, representing the Kiboga District Women's Constituency.[5]

Background and education[edit]

Ruth Nankabirwa was born on 28 November 1965. She hails from Kiboga District in Central Uganda. She studied at Nabisunsa Girls' Secondary School, for both O-Level and A-Level education.[6] She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Art from Makerere University. She also holds the degree of Master of Arts degree course in Conflict Studies.[7]


From 1994 through 1995, she served as a delegate to the Constituent Assembly. In 1996, Ruth Nankabirwa was elected to serve as the member of parliament for Woman Delegate for Kiboga District. She holds that position up to today. From 1998 through 2001, she served as Minister of State for Luweero Triangle in the Office of the Prime Minister. Between 2001 and 2009, she served as State Minister for Defense, a post she held until she was appointed to be the State Minister for Microfinance.[8][9] In the Cabinet reshuffle of 27 May 2011, she was moved to the Fisheries Ministry as State Minister,[3] a position she held until she was named Chief Government Whip.[10]

Other roles[edit]

Ruth Nankabirwa is a member of the Ugandan cabinet, on account of er position as Chief Government Whip. She concomitantly retains her role as a member of parliament.[11][12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Uganda State House (1 March 2015). "Full Cabinet List As At 1 March 2015" (PDF). Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 3 March 2015. 
  2. ^ Nakatudde, Olive (23 December 2014). "Justine Lumumba Appointed NRM Secretary General". Uganda Radio Network (URN). Retrieved 3 March 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Uganda State House (27 May 2011). "Comprehensive List of New Cabinet Appointments & Dropped Ministers". Retrieved 15 February 2015. 
  4. ^ Red Pepper Staff (2011). "Ruth Nankabirwa, the former Micro-finance state minister has defended the manner in which 10 billion shillings meant for market vendors was disbursed saying she was implementing the NRM manifesto". Red Pepper (newspaper). Kampala. Retrieved 30 October 2016. 
  5. ^ Mugerwa, Yasiin (18 May 2016). "Parliament in sitting space crisis as swearing-in ends today". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 30 October 2016. 
  6. ^ Ariba, Caroline (28 March 2016). "Nabisunsa Girls School: Too Close, Yet Far". New Vision. Kampala. Retrieved 30 October 2016. 
  7. ^ Kayizzi, Fred (27 May 2003). "Nankabirwa Enrolls For Masters Course". New Vision. Kampala. Retrieved 30 October 2016. 
  8. ^ Bita, George (28 November 2008). "36 UPDF Officers Graduate". New Vision. Kampala. Retrieved 30 October 2016. 
  9. ^ Kirya, Donald (21 December 2008). "UPDF Officers Graduate". New Vision. Kampala. Retrieved 30 October 2015. 
  10. ^ Mugerwa, Yasiin (13 June 2016). "NRM seeks to expand Cabinet to 88 ministers". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 30 October 2016. 
  11. ^ Uganda State House (6 June 2016). "Museveni's new cabinet list At 6 June 2016" (PDF). Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 30 October 2016. 
  12. ^ POU (30 October 2016). "Uganda Cabinet Members and Ministers of State". Kampala: Parliament of Uganda (POU). Retrieved 30 October 2016. 

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