Robinah Nabbanja, Uganda’s first female Prime Minister.
Written by Derrick Asaba on June 14, 2021
The Kakumiro district Woman Member of Parliament, Robinah Nabbanja has today morning been approved by the 11th parliament as the Prime Minister of the Republic of Uganda following her appointment by President Yoweri Museveni a week ago.
This follows numerous mixed reactions amongst the public around her political expertise, behaviour and capability to effectively execute the roles of the office assumed since she was named by President Museveni.
After this confirmation by Parliament, Nabbanja becomes the first female ever to occupy this office and now replaces Ruhakana Rugunda, who was named to the post of Envoy for Special Duties in the Office of the President of Uganda.
Nabbanja’s appointment was approved on the same date with Jessica Alupo who is the Second Vice President in the history of Uganda’s politics after Dr Specioza Wandira Kazibwe who served in the same position between 1994 and 2003.
Born on December 17, 1969, Nabbanja attended Nkooko Primary School, St. Edward’s Secondary School Bukuumi for both Ordinary and Advanced Levels of education, and has since obtained certificates and diplomas in leadership management and development studies from various institutions, including Uganda Martyrs University, Uganda Management Institute and Islamic University in Uganda. She is currently a first year Masters student of Monitoring and Evaluation at Nkumba University, Kampala Campus.
In the cabinet reshuffle on 14 December 2019, Nabbanja was appointed State Minister of Health (General Duties), replacing Sarah Achieng Opendi who was named State Minister for Mineral Wealth. Following parliamentary approval, she was sworn into office on 13 January 2020 and served until May 2021.
She was a teacher at Uganda Martyrs Secondary School Kakumiro from 1993 until 1996. She then served as District Councillor, representing Nkooko Sub-County, in the former Kibaale District from 1998 until 2001. She concurrently served as the Secretary for Health, Gender and Community Services for the district during that period.
She then served as a Resident District Commissioner in the districts of Pallisa, Busia and Budaka between 2001 and 2010. She became the Kibaale district Women Representative between 2011 and 2016 which she took on when the Kakumiro district was created. She served as Treasurer of the NRM Caucus between 2011 and 2016, and as a Parliamentary Commissioner from 2016 to 2019.