Sarah Achieng Opendi
|Sarah Achieng Opendi|
6 September 1968 |
|Alma mater||National College of Business Studies
(Diploma in Accounting)
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
(Associate Chartered Certified Accountant Level II)
(Bachelor of Business Administration)
(Master of Business Administration)
|Occupation||Accountant and politician|
|Years active||1988 – present|
|Title||State Health Minister for Primary Care|
Sarah Achieng Opendi, sometimes Sarah Opendi Achiengi, is a Ugandan accountant and politician. She is the State Minister for Primary Care in the Ugandan Cabinet. She was appointed to that position on 15 August 2012. Prior to that, from 27 May 2011 until 15 August 2012, she served as the State Minister for Lands. In the cabinet reshuffle of 1 March 2015, she retained her cabinet post. Sarah Achieng Opendi is also the elected Member of Parliament for Tororo District Women's Representative.
Background and education
She was born in Tororo District on 26 September 1968. She studied accounting, graduating from the National College of Business Studies, in 1994, with the Diploma in Accounting. In 1998, she successfully passed the examinations of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, leading to the award of the title of Associate Chartered Certified Accountant Level II. That same year, she graduated from Makerere University with the degree of Bachelor of Business Administration. In 2005, she received the degree of Master of Business Administration, also from Makerere.
Her professional career began in 1994 as an Accounts Assistant at Uganda Consolidated Proportions Limited, a subsidiary of the government-owned Uganda Development Corporation (UDC). In 1996, she was promoted to Accountant, at the same company, serving in that capacity until 1998. From 1998 until 2000, she served as the Deputy Speaker of Tororo District Council. She also served as an Inspectorate Officer in the office of the Inspector General of Government (IGG), from 1999 until 2003. From 2003 to 2004, she was promoted to Senior Inspectorate Officer, in the IGG's office. From 2004 until 2006, she was promoted to Principal Inspetorate Officer in the office of the IGG. During the same timeframe, she served as the Deputy Project Coordinator of the DANIDA Anti-Corruption Project. From 2006 until 2007, she served as the Accountant of the Acholi Bursary Program, a project of the Royal Netherlands Embassy. From 2009 until 2010, she served as the Finance Manager of Windle Trust Uganda, an NGO.  In 2011, she successfully contested the parliamentary seat of Women's Representative for Tororo District. She ran on the National Resistance Movement political party ticket. In a cabinet reshuffle on 15 August 2012, she was appointed Minister of State for Primary Healthcare.
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