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Famous Politicians from Uganda

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List of famous politicians from Uganda, listed alphabetically with photos when available. This list of popular Ugandan politicians includes members of the government who are either active or inactive, some of who might even now be dead. These are some of the most well-known Ugandan politicians of all time, so if you're a native of Uganda and want to work for your country then these are the people you should look up to. If you're searching for a particular politician from Uganda, then use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

Items include everything from Milton Obote to Kizza Besigye.

You can click on the names of these renowned politicians of Uganda in order to get more information about each one.
  • 1

    Abraham Waligo

    Dec. at 72 (1928-2000)


    Abraham Waligo (28 July 1928 – 6 March 2000) was the 4th Prime Minister of Uganda from 25 August 1985 to 26 January 1986....  more
  • 2

    BirthplaceIganga District, Uganda


    Aggrey Siryoyi Awori (born 23 February 1939) is a Ugandan economist and politician who was Minister for Information and Communications Technology in the Cabinet of Uganda from 16 February 2009 to 27...  more
  • 3

    BirthplaceKabale District, Uganda


    John Patrick Amama Mbabazi, SC (simply known as Amama Mbabazi, born 16 January 1949) is a Ugandan politician who served as the ninth Prime Minister of Uganda from 24 May 2011 to 19 September 2014. He...  more
  • 4

    Amanya Mushega

    Age: 73

    BirthplaceBushenyi, Uganda


    Nuwe Amanya Mushega, commonly known as Amanya Mushega, is a Ugandan lawyer, politician, diplomat, and civil servant. He served as the secretary general of the East African Community (EAC) from 2001...  more
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    Apolo Kagwa

    Dec. at 58 (1869-1927)


    Sir Apollo Kagwa (standard Luganda orthography spelling Kaggwa) (1864–1927) was a major intellectual and political leader in Uganda when it was under British rule. He was a leader of the Protestant...  more
  • 6



    Apolo Robin Nsibambi (25 October 1940 – 28 May 2019) was a Ugandan academic and politician who served as the 8th Prime Minister of Uganda from 5 April 1999 until 24 May 2011, when Amama Mbabazi...  more
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    Bazilio Olara-Okello

    Dec. at 61 (1929-1990)



    Bazilio Olara-Okello (1929 – 9 January 1990) was a Ugandan military officer and one of the commanders of the Uganda National Liberation Army (UNLA) that together with the Tanzanian army overthrew Idi...  more
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    Benedicto Kiwanuka

    Dec. at 50 (1922-1972)


    Benedicto Kagimu Mugumba Kiwanuka (8 May 1922 – 22 September 1972) was the first prime minister of Uganda, a leader of the Democratic Party, and one of the persons that led the country in the...  more
  • 9

    BirthplaceMasaka, Uganda


    Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi (born 19 January 1942) is a Ugandan politician and lawyer who has been Vice President of Uganda since 24 May 2011. Prior to that, he served as the Speaker of Parliament from...  more
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    Eriya Kategaya

    Dec. at 68 (1945-2013)

    BirthplaceNtungamo, Uganda


    Eriya Kategaya (4 July 1945 – 2 March 2013) was a Ugandan lawyer and politician. At the time of his death he was Uganda's First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for East African Community Affairs....  more
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    George Cosmas Adyebo

    Dec. at 53 (1947-2000)



    George Cosmas Adyebo (18 June 1947 – 19 November 2000) was a Ugandan politician and economist who was Prime Minister of Uganda from 1991 to 1994. Adyebo became Prime Minister on 22 January 1991,...  more
  • 12

    Godfrey Binaisa

    Dec. at 90 (1920-2010)

    BirthplaceKampala, Buganda


    Godfrey Lukongwa Binaisa QC (30 May 1920 – 5 August 2010) was a Ugandan lawyer who was Attorney General of Uganda from 1962 to 1968 and later served as President of Uganda from June 1979 to May 1980....  more
  • 13

    Idi Amin

    Dec. at 78 (1925-2003)

    BirthplaceKoboko, Uganda


    Idi Amin Dada Oumee (; c. 1925 – 16 August 2003) was a Ugandan military officer who served as the President of Uganda from 1971 to 1979. Popularly known as the "Butcher of Uganda," he is considered...  more

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    Ignatius K. Musaazi

    Dec. at 85 (1905-1990)



    Ignatius Kangave Musaazi (1905–1990) formed the first political party in Uganda, namely the Uganda National Congress (UNC) party on Sunday 2 March 1952. Musaazi became its first President, and...  more
  • 15

    James Wapakhabulo

    Dec. at 59 (1945-2004)

    BirthplaceMbale, Uganda


    James Francis Wambogo Wapakhabulo (23 March 1945 – 27 March 2004) was a Ugandan politician who served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uganda from 2001 to 2004....  more
  • 16

    BirthplaceKampala, Buganda


    John Tucker Mugabi Sentamu (; Luganda: [sːéːntámû]; born 10 June 1949) is an Anglican bishop, serving as the 97th Archbishop of York, Metropolitan of York, and Primate of England. The position of...  more
  • 17

    John Ssebaana Kizito

    Age: 84



    John Ssebaana Kizito (12 September 1934 - 3 July 2017) was a Ugandan businessman, economist and politician. He was the president of the Democratic Party (DP) in Uganda from 2005 to 2010. Kizito was a...  more
  • 18

    Ken Lukyamuzi

    John Ken Lukyamuzi, more commonly known as Ken Lukyamuzi, is a Ugandan politician and lawyer, who is the leader of the Conservative Party of Uganda. He served in the 7th parliament (2001–2006) as the...  more
  • 19

    Kintu Musoke

    Age: 81



    Kintu Musoke, (born 5 August 1938), is a Ugandan politician, closely associated with President Yoweri Museveni. He served as Prime Minister of Uganda from 18 November 1994 to 5 April 1999. He was...  more
  • 20

    BirthplaceRukungiri District, Uganda


    Warren Kizza Besigye Kifefe (born 22 April 1956), known as Kizza Besigye, and also nicknamed Colonel (in reference to his military rank before he left the Army), Daktari, Kifefe, KB, and Ssenyondo...  more
  • 21

    Milton Obote

    Dec. at 80 (1925-2005)

    BirthplaceApac, Uganda


    Apollo Milton Obote (28 December 1925 – 10 October 2005) was a Ugandan political leader who led Uganda to independence in 1962 from British colonial administration. Following the nation's...  more
  • 22

    Miria Obote

    Age: 83


    Miria Obote nee Kalule (born July 16, 1936) is the former First Lady of Uganda, and widow of former Prime Minister and President Milton Obote. She was a candidate in the February 2006, presidential...  more
  • 23

    BirthplaceKampala, Buganda

    NationalityCanada, Uganda

    Mobina S. B. Jaffer, (born August 20, 1949 in Kampala, Uganda) is a Canadian Senator representing British Columbia. She is the first South Asian woman appointed to the Upper House. She is currently...  more
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    Moses Ali

    Age: 80

    BirthplaceAdjumani District, Uganda


    General Moses Ali (born 5 April 1939) is a Ugandan politician and retired general. He is the First Deputy Prime Minister and Deputy Leader of Government Business in Parliament. He was appointed to...  more
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    Mutesa II of Buganda

    Dec. at 45 (1924-1969)

    BirthplaceMakindye, Uganda


    Sir Edward Frederick William David Walugembe Mutebi Luwangula Muteesa II (19 November 1924 – 21 November 1969) was Kabaka of the Kingdom of Buganda in Uganda from 22 November 1939 until his death. He...  more