Kampala, By E K BENJ
Updated Monday, 21st December 20, 2:06PM GMT.
Major General (Rtd) Jim Muhwezi Katugugu Uganda’s ex Health Minister has eulogised deceased Minister Kirunda Kiveijinja’s contribution to the National Residence Army – NRA struggle that brought President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni into power in 1986.
Speaking to HICGI News Agency earlier today (Monday 21st December ) in a telephone interview, Jim Muhwezi said Comrade Kirunda Kivejinja – KK as he was fondly called by his colleagues/friends, was politically disciplined and principled . He was also one of the few surviving politicians who lived and knew the history of both pre and post independent Uganda . ”It was always a great joy to listen to him explain why the intrigues,cheap, sectarian and unprincipled arguements among leaders brought down political partnerships leading to the country into chaos and misery !” Muhwezi explained.
Muhwezi adds, It did not take KK long to identify the correct political side to belong and he did not give conditions to switch to join progressive political group like the National Resistance Movement at its infancy and where he played a role while in exile in Austria.
“The country has lost one of its finest patriotic politician” says Muhwezi adding “Rest in peace Ndugu KK”
Major General (Rtd) Jim Muhwezi Katugugu is a Ugandan lawyer, politician and retired military officer. He is the former Minister of Information and National Guidance in the Ugandan Cabinet. He had been appointed to that position in a cabinet reshuffle on 1 March 2015, replacing Rose Namayanja, who was dropped from the Cabinet.
Who is Jim Muhwezi?
He is the former Member of Parliament (MP) representing “Rujumbura County”, Rukungiri District and also sat on the parliamentary committee on physical infrastructure.
He was born in Rukungiri District on 23 August 1950. Jim Muhwezi holds the degree of Bachelor of Laws (LLB), from Makerere University, Uganda’s oldest and largest public university. He also has received Senior Military Police and Security Intelligence Training from Tanzania and the former Soviet Union.
In July 2009, the Law Development Center in Kampala awarded him the Diploma in Legal Practice, the prerequisite to enrolling as an advocate in Uganda and for obtaining a license to practice law in the country.
In the 1970s Jim Muhwezi worked as a policeman in the Uganda Police Force. He was one of the combatants in the war (1981–1986) that ushered the National Resistance Movement into power. After the war, he served as a member of the National Resistance Council (NRC) from 1986 until 1996. During the same period, he concurrently served as the first Director General of the Internal Security Organisation (ISO).
As head of ISO, Muhwezi is credited with cleaning up the reputation and image of the security police apparatus. During his ten-year tenure at the agency, no allegations of torture were raised against the agency. Between 1994 and 1995, he served as a member of the Constituent Assembly that drew up the 1995 Ugandan Constitution. From 1996 until 1998, Jim Muhwezi served as Minister of State in Charge of Primary Education. He was appointed Minister of Health in 2001, serving in that capacity until 2006.
Jim Muhwezi Katugugu is married to Susan Muhwezi, a sister to Ugandan tycoon Bob Kabonero and Ambassador Richard Kabonero. He has seven children. He is reported to enjoy reading and playing golf.