Mbabazi dropped as Prime minister – Ruhakana Rugunda in things

Mbabazi dropped as Prime minister – Ruhakana Rugunda in things

Hon. Ruhankana RugungaRuhakana Rugunda has been appointed the Prime Minister of Uganda. He was appointed to that position on 19 Sept 2014. Rugunda is replacing Amama Mbabazi, who has been dropped from the Position.

Prior to the new appointment, Ruguda served as Uganda’s Minister of Health and Permanent Representative at the United Nations, from January 2009 until May 2011.

Profile of Ruhakana Rugunda

Rugunda was born in Kabale District on 7 November 1947. As a young boy, he would often sit and read the newspapers to his father Surumani Rugunda, and it is these experiences at a tender age that sparked his later interest in politics.

Rugunda attended Kigezi High School and Busoga College Mwiri where he served as Head Prefect, before joining Makerere University Medical School and later the University of Zambia where he studied medicine, graduating with the degree of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB).

He later studied at the University of California, Berkeley and obtained the degree of Master of Science in Public Health (MSc.Pub.Hlth) Before joining Ugandan politics, Rugunda worked as Medical Officer in Zambia, as a physician at DC General Hospital in Washington DC, and at Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya.

While attending Makerere University in Uganda, Rugunda, commonly referred to as “Ndugu” (Swahili for “brother”) by friends, served as President of the National Union of Students of Uganda (NUSU), a politically vibrant youth movement. As a young political activist, Rugunda was part of the Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) and was said to be close to President Apollo Milton Obote. Rugunda was one of a few who had been seen by Obote as future leaders of the party and country. In one of the last interviews before his death, Obote lamented as to why the brilliant Rugunda had gotten himself entangled with Yoweri Museveni and the National Resistance Movement.

In 1985 he met with the leaders of the Ugandan National Resistance Movement (NRM) at the inn “Zum grünen Jäger” in Unterolberndorf, for a conspirative conference to elaborate a political programme for the liberated Uganda.

He has formerly held the following positions in the Ugandan Government:

In July 2006, Rugunda led a Ugandan government negotiating team to Juba, Sudan to hold peace talks with the Lord’s Resistance Army.

In January 2009, he was appointed Uganda’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations. At the same time, the position was elevated to a Cabinet Ministerial level in Uganda.

He twice served as the president of the Security Council in July 2009 and in October 2010 during Uganda’s two-year stint on the Security Council from 2010 – 2011.

In the cabinet reshuffle of 27 May 2011, he was reassigned to the Information & Communication Technology Ministry, as full Cabinet Minister.

In May 2013, he was transferred to he health ministry as Minister, replacing Christine Ondoa, who became an advisor to the President of Uganda on public health matters.

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