Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda- political Journey

Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda- political Journey

Ruhakana Rugunda is the current Prime Minister of The Republic of Uganda.

Rugunda is married to Jocelyn Rugunda and they are the parents of four sons.

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

Before joining Ugandan politics, Rugunda worked as medical officer in Zambia, as a physician at the District of Columbia General Hospital in Washington, D.C and at Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya.

While attending Makerere University in Uganda, Rugunda, served as President of the National Union of Students of Uganda (NUSU. Rugunda was part of the Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) and was said to be close to President Apollo Milton Obote.

After Museveni took power in 1986, Ruganda held a long series of Cabinet posts: he was Minister of Health from 1986 to 1988.

Minister of Works, Transport and Communication from 1988 to 1994

Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1994 to 1996.

Minister of Information from 1996 to 1998.

Minister at the Presidency from 1998 to 2001.

Minister of Water, Lands and Environment from 2001 to 2003.

Minister of Internal Affairs from 2003 to 2009.

He also served as Chairman of the NRM Electoral Commission.

Member of Parlianment for Kabale Municipality and as President of the Governing Council of the United National Environment Program (UNEP).

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

In January 2009, he was appointed as Uganda’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations. At the same time, the position was elevated to 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.

In the cabinet reshuffle of 27 May 2011, he was instead appointed as Minister of Information and Communication Technology.

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

Rugunda was appointed as Prime Minister on 18 September 2014.