The Ugandan Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda

By :Lomoyat

The Republic of South Sudan and The Republic of Uganda are neighboring states that enjoy relatively strong cultural, political, and economic ties and have been friendly sister countries for several decades.

Uganda has great leaders in Africa one of them is Rt. Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Ruganda (The Prime Minister of Uganda) whom I (Larco Lomayat) have known for many years as a true friend and a true friend of South Sudan with good leadership quality and down to earth person.

Rt. Hon. Dr. Rugunda is a person who is honest, friendly, sincere and behaving well towards other people, he is also a nice truthful person who treat other people with respect, thus Dr. Rugunda deserves compliments for great roles and services he provides to the world and he deserves congratulation for his new Position as Prime Minister of Uganda as well.

Rt. Hon. Dr. Rugunda is also someone who is NOT disposed to cheat, lies, defrauds and without flaws, he also has the human quality of communicating and acting truthfully related to truth as a value, this includes listening, and any action in the human repertoire.

Rt. Hon. Dr. Rugunda is a leader who is very intelligent man and has good heart that can support others in the accomplishment of a common task”.

Whenever I (Larco Lomayat) call Rt. Hon. Dr. Rugunda, he will always answer my phone or call me back when he is busy, unlike many other African leaders who will never answer or call back if your number is not saved on their phones.

Then Who is Rt. Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda?
Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda is the current Prime Minister of Uganda. He served as Uganda’s Permanent Representative at the United Nations, from January 2009 until May 2011.

Rugunda was born in Kabale District on 7 November 1947. As a young boy, he would often sit and read the newspapers to his father Surumani Rugunda, and it is these experiences at a tender age that sparked his later interest in politics. Rugunda attended Kigezi High School and Busoga College where he served as Head Prefect, before joining Makerere University Medical School and later the University of Zambia where he qualified in Medicine. He later studied and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and obtained the degree of Master of Public Health (M.PH)

Before joining Ugandan politics, Rugunda worked as Medical Officer at the University Teaching Hospital and then at the United Nations Institute for Namibia, in Zambia, as a physician at DC General Hospital in Washington DC, and at Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya. He worked as the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Uganda to the United Nations. He represented Uganda at the Security Council. Prior to his appointment, at the UN, he was the Minister of Internal Affairs in Uganda (2003-2009).

While attending Makerere University in Uganda, Rugunda, commonly referred to as “Ndugu” (Swahili for “brother”) by friends, served as President of the National Union of Students of Uganda, a politically vibrant youth movement. As a young political activist, Rugunda was part of the Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) and was said to be close to President Apollo Milton Obote.

Rugunda was one of a few who had been seen by Obote as future leaders of the party and country. In one of the last interviews before his death, Obote lamented as to why the brilliant Rugunda had gotten himself entangled with Yoweri Museveni and the National Resistance Movement.

In 1985 he met with the leaders of the Ugandan National Resistance Movement (NRM) at the inn “Zum grünen Jäger” in Unterolberndorf, Austria, for a conspirative conference to elaborate a political program for the liberated Uganda.

Dr. Rugunda has extensive and varied experience in government and public service and has served in several ministerial portfolios. From 1989-2001, he was a member of parliament in Uganda.

In 2003, he was elected President of the Governing Council of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), and President of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN).

Dr. Rugunda has formerly held the following positions in the Ugandan Government:
• Minister of Internal Affairs
• Minister of Health
• Minister of Foreign Affairs
• Minister in Charge of Presidency
• Minister of Works, Transport & Communication
• Minister of Water, Lands & the Environment
• Minister of Information & Communication
• Commissioner for Animal Industry, Game and Fisheries
• Chairman of NRM Electoral Commission
• Member of Parliament for Kabale Municipality and
• President of the Governing Council of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).

In July 2006, Rugunda led a Ugandan government negotiating team to Juba, Sudan to hold peace talks with the Lord’s Resistance Army.

In January 2009, he was appointed Uganda’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations. At the same time, the position was elevated to a Cabinet Ministerial level in Uganda. He twice served as the president of the Security Council in July 2009 and in October 2010 during Uganda’s two-year stint on the Security Council from 2009 – 2010. In the cabinet reshuffle of 27 May 2011, he was re-assigned to the Information & Communication Technology Ministry, as full Cabinet Minister.

As a physician with a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of California Berkeley (1978), Dr. Rugunda is a specialist in Maternal and Child Health. As we mentioned earlier, Dr. Rugunda started his Medical career in Zambia, did his residence in Pediatrics at Washington DC General Hospital and worked at Kenyatta National Hospital Nairobi, Kenya.

Dr. Rugunda is a member of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. (IPPNW) He was one of the keynote speakers at the Moscow Congress of IPPNW 1987.

Rt. Hon. Dr. Rugunda’s has publications include:
• Health Services in Namibia (United Nations Institute for Namibia- Lusaka, 1977).
• Maternal and Child Health in Zambia (University of California, Berkeley, 1978).
• Family Planning in Uganda (Pathfinder Fund Publication, 1980).
• Neonatal Asphyxia at Kenyatta National Hospital, Nairobi (1984)
• Rebuilding the Health services in Uganda (UNICEF 1988).
• Challenges and Change in Uganda. (2005).

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