President Museveni appoints Ruhakana Rugunda as Prime Minister


Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has dismissed Amama Mbabazi, his Prime Minister since May 2011 and replaced him with Health Minister Ruhakana Rugunda.

The former Prime Minister was cleared last week by a commercial court of fraud allegations in his dealings with the National Bank of Commerce.

Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda (66) has a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) from the Makerere University Medical School and the University of Zambia. He also has a Master of Science in Public Health (MSc.Pub.Hlth) from the University of California, Berkeley.

According to New Vision Rugunda worked as Medical Officer in Zambia (1975 – 1976), UN Institute for Namibia, Lusaka, Zambia (1976 – 1977), resident physician in paediatrics, USA (1978 – 1979), deputy health minister (1979 – 1980) and Lecturer, Medical Training Centre, Nairobi, Kenya (1981 – 1982).

From 1982 he worked in the Department of Paediatrics, Kenyatta National Hospital (1982 – 1984), Department of Tropical Paediatrics at the university teaching hospital, Sweden (1984 – 1985) and was animal industry, game and fisheries commissioner (1986).

He has held seven ministerial posts including Internal Affairs (2003 – 2009) and Foreign Affairs (1994 – 1996).

In January 2009 he was appointed as Uganda’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations. In May 2011 he was made Minister of Information and Communication Technology and in May 2013 he moved to the Health Ministry.

Ruhakana Rugunda is married with four children and three grandchildren. According to his Wikipedia entry he enjoys reading, playing tennis and chess.

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