Former Vice president Prof. Gilbert Bukenya who is also the MP for Busiro North has shown interest in the country’s top job.
Bukenya confirmed this on his Facebook wall on Monday evening.
” Friends, I have now declared to stand for the presidential bid come 2016. Our theme; A change now for a better Uganda. I will need a lot of volunteers to fulfil our mission; volunteers in mobilisation, funding and strategy. If you are willing to be a volunteer please respond.
Yours committed to Uganda and committed to change, Gilbert.” Bukenya wrote on his wall.
Who is Bukenya?
Gilbert Balibaseka Bukenya is a Ugandan physician and politician who was Vice President of Uganda from 23 May 2003 until 23 May 2011. He also represents the constituency of Busiro North in the Ugandan Parliament, a position he has served in since 1996.
Gilbert Bukenya was born on 8 May 1949, in the village of Lwantama in Kakiri sub-county, in Busiro County, in present-day Wakiso District northwest of Kampala.
He was educated by the Brothers of Christian Instruction order in Uganda. He had his early education at St. Savio Primary School, Kisubi, St. Mary’s College Kisubi, St. Edward Secondary School, Bukuumi and Old Kampala Secondary School.
Later, he joined Makerere University School of Medicine in the 1970s where he graduated with the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery(MBChB). He worked briefly as a Medical Officer at Mbale Hospital up to 1982 when he left Uganda for Papua New Guinea.
While outside Uganda, he obtained the degrees of Master of Science (MSc) from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine UK, and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from the University of Queensland with a thesis topic of “The epidemiology of under-five childhood diarrheas in a peri-urban population of Papua New Guinea”.
Dr. Gilbert Bukenya returned to Uganda as a Professor of Medicine and was appointed dean of Makerere University School of Medicine, a position he held from 1994 until 1996. In 1996 he entered politics and was elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Busiro North constituency. He also served as Chairman of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) parliamentary caucus. During this period he is credited for having managed to defuse the tension that was boiling up between President Museveni and other historical leaders of the ruling NRM.
He was the Vice President and was chairman of the ruling NRM party in the Buganda region. Dr. Bukenya subsequently became Minister of State for Trade and Industry before being elevated to Minister of the Presidency. He became Vice President in 2003 replacing Dr. Specioza Kazibwe who at the time was grappling with a failed marriage. He recently stood for the post of Secretary General of the ruling NRM and lost to the incumbent Amama Mbabazi. He replaced by Edward Kiwanuka Sekandi as the Vice president
He is married to Dr. Margaret Bukenya, a classmate at Makerere Medical School in the early 1970s. He is a member of the Catholic Church. In 2005 Dr. Bukenya surprised political watchers and everyone when he alleged that the government was being controlled by a mafia clique.He said that the mafia was plotting his downfall. This was attributed to his ever increasing popularity and his closeness to the powerful Catholic Church in Uganda. He is reported to enjoy swimming and farming. He is credited with the introduction of the cultivation of upland rice, also known as NERICA in Uganda.