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Robinah Nabbanja: Full Bio, Profile and Career of Uganda’s new Prime Minister

President Museveni on Tuesday evening appointed Hon. Robinah Nabbanja the new Prime Minister of Uganda replacing Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda in the top government position.

With what came as a suprise to many, the Kakumiro Woman MP will be deputized by her former parliament boss and Kamuli Woman MP Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga, and the veteran General Moses Ali as second deputy prime ministers.

But who is Robinah Nabbanja? Profile, Early life, and Full Biography of Prime Minister elect?

Robinah Nabbanja (born 17 December 1969), is a Ugandan teacher and politician. She is the new Prime Minister-elect in the newly released Ugandan cabinet. She concurrently serves as the elected Member of Parliament for Kakumiro District Women Constituency in the 10th Parliament (2016–2021).

Before her appointment to the position, Nabbanja served as the State Minister for Health, a position she held since 14 December 2019.

Background and education

PM Robinah Nabbanja was born in present-day Kakumiro District, on 17 December 1969. She attended Nkooko Primary School. She then studied at St. Edward’s Secondary School Bukuumi, for both her O-Level and A-Level studies, obtaining both the Uganda Certificate of Education and the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education from there.

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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.

Robinah Nabbanja is the new Prime Minister of Uganda (File Photo)

Career

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, she joined Uganda’s electoral politics by successfully contesting for Kibaale District Women Representative in the 9th Parliament (2011–2016). When Kakumiro District was created in 2016, she contested for the Women Constituency in the new district and won again. She is the incumbent MP.

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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. Following parliamentary approval, she was sworn into office on 13 January 2020.

Robinah Nabbanja is married.


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