From Teacher to Prime Minister: Robinah Nabbanja

ntil the night of June 8, word in corridors of power was that the position of Prime Minister would go to Amama Mbabazi. Kasule Lumumba was expected to be named Vice President.

Interestingly, outgoing premier Dr Ruhakana Rugunda had insisted he was not about to retire.

But President Museveni startled the nation when he appointed Robinah Nabbanja, a former school teacher, to run government business in Parliament.

Nabbanja will become the 11th person and first female, to occupy the office since Uganda became independent in 1962.

Before this nomination, Hon Nabbanja was the Minister of State for Health in charge of General Duties, a position she was appointed to on 14 December 2019.

Hon Nabbanja was born and raised in Kamusenene village, Nkooko Sub County in present-day Kakumiro District, Bunyoro , Western Uganda on 17 December 1969.

She attended Nkooko Primary School before joining St. Edward’s Secondary School Bukuumi, for both her O-Level and A-Level studies.

Between 1990 and 2000, Nabbanja obtained certificates and diplomas in leadership, management and development studies, from various institutions, including Uganda Martyrs University, Uganda Management Institute, the Islamic University in Uganda and the National Leadership Institute Kyankwanzi.

Democracy and Development Studies Degree from Uganda Martyrs University in 2013.

From 1993 until 1996, Hon Nabbanja was a school teacher at Uganda Martyrs Secondary School Kakumiro.

She then served as a District Councillor, representing Nkooko Sub-County, in what was Kibaale District at the time, from 1998 until 2001.

During that period, she concurrently served as the Secretary for Health, Gender and Community Services for the district.

For 10 years (2001–2010) she served as a Resident District Commissioner in the districts of Pallisa, Busia and Budaka, before joining elective politics in 2011, when she successfully contested for Kibaale District Woman Representative in the 9th Parliament (2011–2016).

At one time, former NTV journalist Agnes Nandutu interviewed Nabbanja about her opinion of NRM.

Nabbanja explicitly told Nandutu that the people of Kakumiro were “tired of being used like spoons.”

When Kakumiro District was created in 2016, she successfully contested for the Woman Representative seat for the new district.

She is currently the Woman MP for Kakumiro District, having won re- election for the same seat in the January 2021 elections.

During her time in Parliament, she served as Treasurer of the NRM Caucus (2011-2016), and as a Parliamentary Commissioner (2016-2019).

Hon Nabbanja Robinah is currently a first year Masters student of Monitoring and Evaluation at Nkumba University,  Kampala Campus.

She is passionate about community mobilisation and effective service delivery.


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