The Rt Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda was sworn in as the Prime Minister of the Republic of Uganda by H.E. President Yoweri Museveni on 2nd October 2014, becoming the 10th person to hold the office since the country’s independence in 1962.
Prior to this appointment, Dr. Rugunda was Minister of Health. He has also held several other ministerial positions, including as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Internal Affairs, Information Communications Technology, Water and Environment, Information, Works, Transport and Communications, and The Presidency.
From January 2009 to 2011, Dr. Ruhakana was Uganda’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, when the country held a seat at the United Nations Security Council. He held this position at a Ministerial level.
Dr Rugunda has led many Government initiatives, the Government of Uganda delegation to the Juba-based Peace Talks between the Government and the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) from July 2006 to January 2009.
From 1989 to 2001 he represented Kabale Municipality as a Member of Parliament.
He attended Kigezi High school and Busoga College Mwiri, before joining Makerere University and later the University of Zambia where he graduated as a Medical Doctor in 1975. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health specializing in Maternal and Child Health from the University of California, Berkeley, USA (1978). He also studied Pediatrics at the University of Nairobi (1982-1984). He started his Medical career in Zambia as a Physician, worked at Washington DC General Hospital as a resident physician, and at Kenyatta National Hospital, Nairobi, Kenya.
Rugunda was keenly involved in student activities and held responsibilities as President of African Students Union, University of California, Berkeley (1977-1978); President of National Union of Students of Uganda (1970-1971) while at Makerere University, and President, Kigezi United Youth Association (KUYA).
Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda is married to Joselyn with four children.