Uganda’s first cabinet ministers in 1962

Friday August 3 2012

Chosen few. When Uganda attained independence in 1962, under the leadership of Apollo Milton Obote as Prime Minister and Kabaka Muteesa II as President, a cabinet was formed. The first cabinet had 17 ministers and 11 parliamentary secretaries (equivalent of ministers of state). Fifty years later, Uganda ‘boasts’ of 30 Cabinet Ministers (with two vacant positions] and 47 Cabinet ministers (two slots vacant). The size of the Cabinet has grown but whether the number of ministers translate to performance is debatable.

Prime Minister, Apollo Milton Obote

The Lango North east MP led Uganda into independence in 1962 and served as Prime Minister from 1962 to 1966. He was president from 1966 to 1971 and again from 1980 to 1985. During his first reign as President, Obote published a series of pamphlets which were supposed to outline his political and economic policy. His government took over a 60 per cent share in major private corporations and banks in the country in 1970 while food shortages sent prices through the ceiling. Obote’s persecution of Indian traders contributed to this. He was of Akokoro Village in Apac District, Northern Uganda, Obote began his education in 1940 at the Protestant Missionary School in Lira, and later attended Gulu Junior Secondary School, Busoga College and eventually university at Makerere University. He was the leader of UPC party that formed an alliance with Kabaka Yekka to lead a coalition government into independence. After his ouster from power, Obote fled to Tanzania and later to Zambia. He Obote died of kidney failure in South Africa in 2005.

Akbar Adoko Nekyon, [Minister of Information Broadcasting and Tourism]. He was MP for Lango Lango South East.

Dr Emmanuel B. Lumu, [Minister of Health]. He was the MP for Kyadondo North.

John K. Babiiha, [Minister of Animal Industry and Fisheries]. He was a specially elected Member of Parliament.

Felix K. Onama, [Minister of Works and Labour ]. He was Minister of Defence in the Obote government.

Mathias M. Ngobi, [Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives]. He was the MP for Busoga South.

Dr Luyimbazi J. S. Zake, [Minister of Education]. He was also Masaka Central Member of Parliament.

Kalule Settala, [Minister of Works and Labour ]. He was also MP Mengo-South East.

Cuthbert J. Obwangor, [Minister of Regional Administration ]. He was also Member of Parliament for Teso East.

Minister of Justice, Grace K. Ibingira

Born on May 23,1932 in Ibanda, Ankole, Ibingira is the one who designed Uganda’s national flag. He studied in Mbarara High School [1942-1950], King’s College Budo, [1951-1953], University of Wales [1955 – 1958] and University of London. He was a member the Legislative Council in 1960 and was re-elected MP for Ankole West in 1962. Ibingira is a founder-member of UPC . He was the Minister of Justice [1962-1966], Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office in charge of Public Service [1964-1966] and Secretary-General of UPC [1964-1966]. He was also the permanent representative to the UN from August 1971 to 1974 and a supporter of the EAC federation. Actively promoted the merger of the Uganda National Congress and Ugandan People’s Union. He was a major figure in the formation of the Kabaka Yekka-UPC alliance that Kabaka Muteesa become president and Obote Premier.

Some of the information adapted from Wikipedia.
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