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PROFILE: Who is Robinah Nabbanja, Uganda’s First Woman Prime Minister

Ms. Robinah Nabbanja has been appointed new Prime Minister (PHOTO /Courtesy)

Kakumiro District Woman Member of Parliament Robinah Nabbanja has been appointed the new Prime Minister of Uganda as President Museveni announced a new cabinet to steer his vision.

This is President Museveni’s a sixth term in office.

Nabbanja, 52 who has been has been severing as State Minister of Health for General Duties in the previous Museveni administration is the first woman to serve as Prime Minister.

She has replaced Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda who has been appointed special envoy office of the President.

Nabbanja was born in present-day Kakumiro District, on 17 December 1969.

She attended Nkooko Primary School before joining St. Edward’s Secondary School Bukuumi, for both her O-Level and A-Level studies.

Between 1990 and 2000, Nabbanja obtained certificates and diplomas in leadership, management and development studies, from various institutions, including Uganda Martyrs University, Uganda Management Institute, the Islamic University in Uganda and the National Leadership Institute Kyankwanzi.

Her Bachelor of Democracy and Development Studies and her Master of Arts in Development Studies were both awarded by Uganda Martyrs University.

From 1993 until 1996, Nabbanja was a school teacher at Uganda Martyrs Secondary School Kakumiro.

She then served as District Councillor, representing Nkooko Sub-County, in what was Kibaale District at the time, from 1998 until 2001.

She concurrently served as the Secretary for Health, Gender and Community Services for the district during that period.

She then spent the next ten years (2001–2010) serving as a Resident District Commissioner in the districts of Pallisa, Busia and Budaka. In 2011, before joining Uganda’s electoral politics by successfully contesting for Kibaale District Women Representative in the 9th Parliament (2011–2016).

When Kakumiro District as created in 2016, she contested for the Women Constituency in the new district.

In the cabinet reshuffle on 14 December 2019, Nabbanja was appointed State Minister of Health (General Duties), replacing Sarah Achieng Opendi who was named State Minister for Mineral Wealth.

Ms. Nabbanja has now been appointed the new Prime Minister.

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