Amama Mbabazi

Amama Mbabazi

Amama Mbabazi (born January 16, 1949) is the Ugandan Minister of Security. He previously held the portfolios of Minister of State in the President's office, in-charge of Political Affairs, Minister State for Defence from 1986-1992, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs in charge of Regional Cooperation, Attorney General and Minister of Defence.

Amama Mbabazi is currently embroiled in a bitter battle with several members of parliament in Uganda over the 'Temangalo' scandal in which he allegedly pressured the National Social Security Fund of Uganda to buy his land for over six million dollars. A parliamentary probe committee has been appointed to investigate the scandal. The Managing Director of the Fund has claimed that he was pressured to pay the money.

Amama Mbabazi is a member of President Museveni's Movement and is widely regarded as one of the president's closest allies. He is one of the original seven men who emerged from the bush with Museveni and succeeded in gaining control of the Ugandan government from the previous regime. Currently he is a 'mobiliser' for his party. A June 2007 All Africa article said the following about Mbabazi, "He is a man of considerable intellect and work ethic, a privileged guy, massively experienced, who's lived affluent for the greater part of his life." Many consider Mbabazi a favorite to replace President Yoweri Museveni when he finally steps down from power.

He was elected to the Western Ugandan seat of Kinkizi West in 2001. Critics said that this followed a campaign in which several people were killed and alleged intimidatory tactics of the 'security and intelligence operatives'. His opponent, James Muzinguzi, claimed to be beaten at the polls but took his complaints of violence and ballot-rigging to the Ugandan High Court, where he won. The judgement was appealed and Muzinguzi won the appeal.

Following this, the court ordered a fresh by-election which took place in February 2003. At this time Amama Mbabazi was Uganda's Minister for Defence and Muzinguzi complained that 7,000 UPDF soldiers had been sent to the Kinkizi West electorate to intimidate voters. Eventually Muzinguzi withdrew from the election and the election was declared to have been won by default by Amama Mbabazi, who continued a Defence Minister till General Museveni appointed him to the position of Attorney General in 2004.

His official government biography states the following: Born : on the 16th January 1949 in Mparo, Kigezi.

Education/Profession : He holds a Law (LLB) Degree from Makerere University, Kampala (1975) and a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Centre. He is an Advocate of the Courts of Judicature of Uganda and a member of the Uganda Law Society since 1977. Professionally, he worked as State Attorney in the Attorney General's Chambers, rising to the position of Secretary of the Uganda Law Council.

Mbabazi is also National Resistance Movement (NRM) Secretary General. NRM is the ruling party. He is the First Director General of External Security intelligency Organisation 1986-1991.He was the member of the Constituency Assembly that discussed the 1995 Constitution and become the Chairman of National Movement delegates Curcus.

He was instrumental during the Lusaka Peace Agreement/Accord which he chaired comprising of Countries that had Forces in DR-CONGO. He has represented Uganda on many international fora including the UN General Assembly. He is a peace negotiator. He has represented the President in many meetings where he is always delegated as a Presidential Envoy.

He is the Secretary General of the Ruling Party.

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