Amama Mbazazi and Museveni will always be buddies.

By E K Benj @Kivumbi updated at 1907 on Tuesday 10th May 2022

Senior Citizen and EX Premier (2011–2014) John Patrick Amama Mbabazi fell out but reconciled with Uganda President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and today in our Special Series “Senior Citizens” HICGI News Agency is featuring JPAM “John Patrick Amama Mbabazi.

Mbabazi is married to Jacqueline Mbabazi and their children include;

Nina Mbabazi, Mao Mbabazi, Rachel Mbabazi and Marx Mbabazi. Mbabazi’s Parents are Canon Kezekiah Bagwowabo and Peresi Nyinakabaka.

Mbabazi served as the member of parliament for the Kinkiizi West constituency in Kanungu District, a position held from 1996 until 2016, when he ran unsuccessfully for Uganda Presidency.

Early life and education

JPAM was born in Mparo Village, Rukiga County, in present-day Kabale District, on 16 January 1949. He attended two of the most prominent educational institutions in Uganda during both the colonial and post-colonial periods: Kigezi College Butobere for his high school education, and Ntare School for his A-Levels. Mbabazi earned a Bachelor of Laws from Makerere University. He received a postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Center in Kampala. He is an Advocate of the Courts of Judicature of Uganda and has been a member of the Uganda Law Society since 1977.

Career

Before joining politics, he worked as a state attorney in the Attorney General’s Chambers from 1976 to 1978, rising to the position of secretary of the Uganda Law Council from 1977 to 1979.

Between 1986 and 1992, he served as head of the External Security Organisation- ESO

He has also served as Minister of State in the President’s Office, in charge of political affairs.

He became secretary of the NRM caucus in the Constituent Assembly that drafted the 1995 Uganda Constitution.

Between 1986 and 1992, he was Minister of State for Defence. Subsequently, he served as Minister of State for Regional Cooperation from 1998 to 2001. He was Attorney General and Minister of Justice from 2004 to 2006, a feat that earned him the moniker “Super Minister”. He was appointed as Minister of Defence in 2006, a position he held until he was appointed as Minister of Security. He served as Minister of Security from February 2009 until May 2011, when he was appointed Prime Minister.

He was Secretary General of the NRM from November 2005 to January 2015.

Jacqueline Mbabazi’s Sickness was a blow to JPAM’s Presidential bid

Mbabazi’s childhood friend Ruhakana Rugunda was appointed to replace Mbabazi as Prime Minister on 18 September 2014, by President Yoweri Museveni. This move was seen by many as falling out with Museveni for his rumoured presidential run. On 15 June 2015, Mbabazi declared his intentions to run against Museveni for the National Resistance Movement’s nomination for president at the party’s convention on 4 October 2015. This declaration was followed by a response from President Museveni who dubbed it “bad conduct and premature”. On 31 July, after much disagreement between top-ranking party officials and Mbabazi himself, the former Prime Minister declared he would stand as an independent candidate. His candidature is backed by The Democratic Alliance (TDA), a loose convergence of minor political parties working to win the position of presidency.

JPAM’s wife Jacqueline Mbabazi, was a pillar in his 2016 bid, she rallied the support of women in NRM for her husband but broke down when she developed strange abdominal complications during campaigns at the time she was needed most. Jacqueline was rushed out of the country to UK and US where she received specialized treatment by overseas family doctors.

Her husband Mbabazi flew out along with her because according to sources “he couldn’t afford to be away from his wife at such a critical moment in her life.”

Sources said many family members became very scared to see indefatigable Jacqueline, who rarely falls sick, easily breaking down and collapsing under the weight of heavy abdominal complications.

It was further revealed that while in UK and USA Mbabazi was, besides attending to his ailing wife, lobbied for meetings with key power brokers in both London and Washington including top movers in the David Cameron and Barrack Obama administrations respectively.

“I thank you for your prayers and the love you have showed us,” Mr Mbabazi told boda boda cyclists who escorted him and wife from Entebbe.

“We have now reached home, she will have some rest and tomorrow I am headed for Palissa to resume the campaigns, I don’t have time to rest,” said Mr Mbabazi.

Ms Mbabazi, for most of the three months of campaigns for the February 2016 presidential was ill.

It was reported that Government spent Shs470m to treat Mbabazi’s wife. Sources close to State House intimated that President Museveni convened a meeting attended by then ministers David Bahati (Planning) and Ms Anite, together with Mr Muhakanizi.

Privatisation minister Evelyn Anite told a local daily that the expenses were paid pursuant to the Emoluments of the President, Vice President and Prime Minister Act, 2010.

In the 2016 general election Mbabazi received 1.39% of the vote, placing third.

Diplomacy

Mbabazi has represented Uganda in international fora, including the United Nations Security Council, where he argued for the international community to allow the Uganda People’s Defense Force to pursue the Lord’s Resistance Army fighters into the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Currently Amama Mbabazi  serves as a Special Envoy to South Sudan and Ethiopia.

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