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The ExecutiveThe GovernmentUganda is a Sovereign State and a Republic. It is a sitting member of the United Nations, Afric...
of the Executive Branch, ready to assume the Presidency should the need arise.Click here for more information on the Execu...
politician. Prior to that, he served as the Speaker of Parliament of Uganda, a position he served in from2001 until 2011. ...
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Basics about uganda

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Basics about uganda

  1. 1. The ExecutiveThe GovernmentUganda is a Sovereign State and a Republic. It is a sitting member of the United Nations, AfricanUnion, The East African Community and the Commonwealth.The Government of the Republic of Uganda is a Democracy made up of three arms: The Executive –comprising of The President, The Vice President, The Prime Minister, The Cabinet; The Legislature –The Parliament; and The Judiciary - Magistrates Courts, High Court, Court of Appeals (ConstitutionalCourt), Supreme Court. The Constitution of Uganda was promulgated October 8, 1995 on the eve ofUganda’s Independence Day anniversary held annually on October 9 since 1962.The ExecutiveThe power of the Executive Branch is vested in the President of Uganda, who also acts as head of stateand Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces. The President is responsible for implementing andenforcing the laws written by Parliament and, also appoints the Cabinet. The Vice President is also part
  2. 2. of the Executive Branch, ready to assume the Presidency should the need arise.Click here for more information on the Executive Arm of the GovernmentThe PresidentPresident Lt. Gen. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is the current president of Uganda.The President is both the head of state and head of government of the Republic of Uganda, andCommander-in-Chief of the armed forces.Yoweri Kaguta Museveni became President of the Republic of Uganda on January 29, 1986 afterleading a successful five-year liberation struggle. He went to the bush with 26 other young men andorganized the National Resistance Movement and National Resistance Army (NRM/NRA) to opposethe tyranny that previous regimes had unleashed upon the population.After victory, he formed a broad-based government that helped to unite the countrys political groups.Previous to the struggle of 1981-1986, Museveni had been one of the leaders in the anti-Aminresistance of 1971-1979 that had led to the fall of that monstrous regime.Museveni, who has been politically active since his student days at Ntare School, Mbarara, in southwest Uganda, studied political science at the University of Dar es Salaam, graduating in 1970 with aBachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Political Science.After Idi Amins coup in 1971, Museveni was instrumental in forming Fronasa (the Front for NationalSalvation). Fronasa made up the core of one of the Ugandan fighting groups which, together with theTanzanian Peoples Defence Forces, ousted Amins regime in April 1979.The office of President is contested for after every five years when the constitutional term of officeexpires. In March 2006, Uganda had the first presidential and parliamentary elections in 25 years. TheNRM party won the election under the Chairmanship of Mr. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.He was first elected president in 1996 and re-elected in 2001 and 2006. He was elected for a fourthconsecutive term in office in February 2011 and sworn in on 12 May 2011.He came to power after a successful five year guerrilla struggle. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has nowbeen President of Uganda for 26 years. He has stood for democratic elections four times and won andhe is still going strong.Museveni was born in Ntungamo in south-western Uganda in 1944 to Amos Kaguta, a cattle keeper.His mother was According to his own testimony in his book “sowing the Mustard Seed”; he was giventhe name Museveni in honor of the ‘Seventh Regiment of the Kings African Rifles, the British colonialarmy in which many Ugandans served during World War II. At the time of his birth, many of them werereturning home.He attended Kyamate Primary School in Ntungamo, Mbarara High School, and Ntare School. It waswhile at high school that he became a born-again Christian and a student leader.Click here for more information about the PresidentThe Vice PresidentThe current Vice President is Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi since 24th May 2011. He is a lawyer and
  3. 3. politician. Prior to that, he served as the Speaker of Parliament of Uganda, a position he served in from2001 until 2011. He is also the current Member of Parliament, representing Bukoto County Central, aconstituency he has continuously represented since 1996.The primary responsibility of the Vice President of Uganda is to be ready at a moments notice toassume the Presidency if the President is unable to perform his duties. This can be because of thePresidents death, resignation, or temporary incapacitation, or if the Vice President and a majority of theCabinet judge that the President is no longer able to discharge the duties of the presidency.The Vice-President is second in Uganda’s command chain. Below the Vice President is the PrimeMinister who is Co-Coordinator of Government and Head of Cabinet in Parliament.Click here for more information about the Vice PresidentThe Prime MinisterPatrick Amama Mbabazi is the current Prime Minister, a position he has held since 24 May 2011.Prior to his current position, he served as the Minister for Security in the Ugandan Cabinet, fromFebruary 2009 until May 2011.He also served as the Secretary General of the National Resistance Movement political party from June2010 until June 2011. Amama Mbabazi also serves as the Member of Parliament for Kinkiizi Westconstituency in Kanungu District, a position he has held since 2003. He is the tenth Prime Minister inUgandas history.Click here for more information about the Prime Minister.The CabinetThe Cabinet of Uganda, according to the Constitution of Uganda, "shall consist of the President, theVice President and such number of Ministers as may appear to the President to be reasonablynecessary for the efficient running of the State.”Cabinet Ministers are deputized by Ministers of State.First LadyHon. Janet K. MuseveniJanet Kataaha Museveni born June 24, 1948 is the First Lady of Uganda since May 1986. She ismarried to Yoweri Museveni, with whom they four children. She is the current Minister for KaramojaAffairs in Ugandas Cabinet. She was appointed to that position on 27 May 2011. She is also the

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