Syda Bbumba

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Syda Bbumba
Minister of Gender, Labor & Social Development
In office
Minister of Finance
In office
Minister of Gender, Labor & Social Development
In office
Minister of Energy and Minerals
In office
Personal details
Born (1952-01-07) 7 January 1952 (age 63)
Nakaseke, Uganda
Nationality  Uganda
Religion Islam

Syda Namirembe Bbumba (last name sometimes spelled Bumba) (born 7 January 1952) is a Ugandan accountant, politician and banker. She is a former Minister of Gender, Labor & Social Development. She was appointed to that position on 27 May 2011, replacing Dr. Gabriel Opio, who was dropped from the Cabinet.[1] She resigned from cabinet on 16 February 2012 on allegations of mismanagement of government funds.[2] She is also the elected Member of Parliament for "Nakaseke County North", Nakaseke District.[3]

Background and education[edit]

Syda Bbumba attended Trinity College Nabbingo for her high school education.[4] She also attended Makerere College School, before she entered university.[5] She holds a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) degree in Accounting and a Master of Business Administration (MBA). She is a Chartered Certified Accountant with an ACCA II qualification. She also holds several diplomas and certificates in banking, finance and management.


She was a member of the Uganda Electoral Commission in 1996 prior to being elected to the Parliament of Uganda, representing Nakaseke County in Nakaseke District. From 2002 until 2006, she was the Minister of Energy & Minerals. From 2006 until 2008, she served as the Minister of Gender, Labor & Social Affairs. Bbumba has reported on the many long-term environmental problems that growing population has contributed to, but President Yoweri Museveni often still urges Ugandans to produce more children.[6] From 18 February 2009 until 27 May 2011 she served as the Minister of Finance, being the first woman to serve in that capacity in the history of the country.[7] On 16 February 2012, she resigned from the cabinet, but retained her parliamentary seat.

Other Roles[edit]

With her appointment as Uganda's Finance Minister, Syda Bbumba also became the Chairperson of the Governing Council of the East African Development Bank (EADB).[8] Also in her role as Minister of Finance, she became responsible for the National Social Security Fund (NSSF), a quasi-government organ that used to be under the Ministry of Gender, Labor & Social Development, which she had just left. NSSF was moved from the Gender Ministry to the Finance Ministry in October 2004.[9] In a cabinet reshuffle on 27 May 2011, Syda Bbumba was moved back to the Gender Ministry as the new Minister. She was replaced by Maria Kiwanuka at the Finance Ministry.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Mukasa, Henry (28 May 2011). "Museveni Names New Cabinet". New Vision (kampala). Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
  2. ^ Sheila Naturinda, and Yasiin Mugerwa (17 February 2012). "Makubuya, Bbumba Resign From Cabinet". Daily Monitor (Kampala). Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
  3. ^ POU, . "Profile of Bbumba Syda Namirembe: Member of Parliament, Nakaseke County North, Nakaseke District". Parliament of Uganda (POU). Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
  4. ^ Ssenkaaba, Stephen (14 July 2007). "Nabbingo Savours 65-Year-Old Fruit". New Vision (Kampala). Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
  5. ^ Newvision Reporter, . (30 September 2010). "Makerere College Alumni Introduce Award". New Vision (Kampala). Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
  6. ^ Msasizi, Simon (2 December 2009). "Rivers, Lakes Dry Up As Population Figures Soar". The Observer (Uganda). Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
  7. ^ Vision Reporter, . (18 February 2009). "Reshuffle: Museveni Names Janet, Awori, Jeje Ministers". New Vision (Kampala). Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
  8. ^ Juuko, Sylvia (5 March 2009). "East African Development Bank Gets New Chief". New Vision (Kampala). Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
  9. ^ Odeu, Steven (21 October 2004). "NSSF Transfer Was Planned". New Vision (Kampala). Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
  10. ^ Monitor Team, . (28 May 2011). "Full List of Ugandan Ministers Appointed by President Museveni". Daily Monitor (Kampala). Retrieved 11 February 2015. 

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