Today’s Uganda top fifty women movers
Posted Tuesday, March 8 2011 at 00:00
First Lady, MP for Ruhaama and State minister in charge of Karamoja region
The first Lady is regarded as a major influence on a number of political issues as an MP and minister. She has a lot of influence in the evangelical movement in the country and on HIV/Aids issues. She is also the founder of UWESO in support of the many orphans.
Ms Byanyima, 51, is far more renowned today for her political activism and work with the United Nation. However, she first distinguished herself as Uganda’s first female aeronautical engineering graduate. She later earned a Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering. Thereafter, she joined the Yoweri Museveni-led National Resistance Army (NRA) rebel group against her father’s advice and served as an outspoken legislator. She married Col. (rtd) Kizza Besigye in the late 1990s has played a leading role in opposition politics to-date, juggling it with her work first at the African Union and then at the United Nations. Winnie was awarded a Uganda heroes’ medal, Nalubaale, in June 2010 for her contribution to the 1981-1986 NRA bush war.
Former principal private secretary to the president, MP Mawokota County
Ms Kyambadde was part of the President’s inner circle for over 30 years. She would determine which people and which documents Mr Museveni sees, implicitly controlling the outcomes. She is currently MP elect for Mawokota County in Mpigi district, but inner circles indicate that she still carries out her PPS job and is said to be destined for a big job in the Cabinet that constitute make Museveni’s fourth term.
Geraldine Namirembe Bitamazire
Minister of education
Ms Bitamazire who has been synonymous with free education hence people calling her ‘Mama UPE’, is an educator and a politician. She has for several years presided over a ministry with the biggest budget and she directs policies responsible for shaping the country’s human capital. Although she just lost her seat as Woman MP Mpigi District, Ms Bitamazire has served in almost all regimes before President Museveni’s.
Widow to the first President Milton Obote
Miria became the first woman to run for President in Uganda’s history. She commands a small but passionate following of UPC loyalists.
Minister of Finance
Appointed in early 2009, Syda Bbumba is Uganda’s first female Minister of Finance. She took on the ministry at a time when economic down turn was very high. There had been rising fuel, prices of major commodities but she made policies that stood the rough tides. She has since presented two national budgets.
A lawyer and politician, Kadaga has been Deputy Speaker of the Ugandan Parliament since 2001. She is also the current Member of Parliament (MP) for Kamuli District which she has been since 1989. Ms Kadaga is also the second national vice chairman of the ruling NRM party representing the eastern region. She is known as a king maker in Busoga politics. She is the sixth most powerful person in the country after the chief Justice.
Known as the governor of Kanungu District, Ms Kasya is the first Ugandan woman to head a district. She has promoted education of both parents and children in the district, as well as improved childcare and nutrition.
Butaleja Woman MP-Elect
The Makerere University fresh graduate beat Minister without portfolio and NRM’s deputy secretary General Dorothy Hyuha in Butaleja district in the recent elections. She is a young politician to watch.
Kitgum Woman MP
She is also known as Mama Mabira, after the forest she saved from government sale which brought her into the limelight. She has since earned many accolades both local and international as a shadow minister of water and environment in the opposition cabinet.
Banking, business and economy
Managing Director, Bank of Africa
When Edigold Monday was appointed the managing director of Bank of Africa-Uganda in December 2010, she became the first Ugandan woman to head a major bank in the country. Ms Monday started out as an accountant trainee at Centenary Bank and would later rise to become the acting Chief Executive Officer of Global Trust Bank before becoming full-time chief executive at Bank of Africa-Uganda.
Commissioner General, URA
Ms Kagina’s management has turned the tax authority around by doing administrative restructuring at URA, merging some of the 11 departments in a bid to improve its efficiency. Then she oversaw the automation of operations at the tax authority as part of an effort to purge tax leakages and improve its operations. The tax authority has since consistently performed above target in all but two financial years from 2004/5.
Managing Director and proprietor of Victoria Seeds Ltd.
She started the seed company in December 2003 and it has since grown in leaps and bounds. Ms Okot won the 2007 YARA Prize for a green revolution in Africa for her entrepreneurial excellence and ability to work at many levels, from on-the-ground initiatives to strategy and policy.
Proprietor, Sylvie’s Boutique & African Woman
Sylvia Owori has in the last decade done nearly every business related to the fashion industry. Currently, she owns her own label Sylvia Owori, selling exclusively in her Sylvie’s Boutique. She is also the publisher of African Woman with the Kenyan edition. Ms Owori’s work has won wide recognition, including an opportunity to design the Nokia Face of Africa finalists’ outfit in 2001 and to create costumes for the main characters of the film The Last King of Scotland.
Dr Maggie Kigozi
Executive Director, UIA
Dr Maggie Kigozi has won a lot of acclaim for selling Uganda as a potential investment destination to foreign investors, in her capacity as her as executive director of Uganda Investment Authority – a job she has carried out diligently for the last 11 years. She has also served over the years as the Chancellor of Nkumba University, Chief Scout of the Uganda Scouts Association, Director of the Uganda Export Promotions Board and Crown Beverages, and Focal Point Officer of the Africa Asia Business Forum.