bright kanyontore rwamirama biography
Mr Bright Kanyontore Rwamirama.

Who is Bright Kanyontore Rwamirama? Flash Uganda Media looks at his biography, age, wife, family, tribe, Isingiro County North, Isingiro District, relationship with Florence Rwamirama, First Lady Janet Kataha Museveni, Posiono Mugyenyi, early life and education of the current State Minister for Animal Industry in Uganda.

Bright Kanyontore Rwamirama is a former Ugandan army officer, accountant, businessman, and politician. He is the State Minister for Animal Industry in the Ugandan cabinet. 

He was first appointed to the cabinet on 1 June 2006. In the subsequent cabinet reshuffles since then, he has been retained as a minister, at one point serving as State Minister of Defence and Veteran Affairs and then returning to the ministry of Agriculture. 

He also serves as the elected Member of Parliament representing “Isingiro County North”, Isingiro District. He has served in that capacity continuously since 2001 defeating Posiono Mugyenyi most recently in the 2021 general election to retain his seat in Parliament.

Early life and Education

Bright Kanyontore Rwamirama was born in Isingiro District on 16 December 1954. He is a cousin of First Lady Janet Kataha Museveni, however, not much information is known publicly concerning his family background. 

Bright Kanyontore Rwamirama is married to Florence Rwamirama. He belongs to the National Resistance Movement political party and is considered one of the high-profile and influential members of the party.

He attended Omungyenyi Primary School for his elementary education, and then proceeded to Mbarara High School for his O-Level education and later Kololo High School for his A-Level studies.

He holds the degrees of Bachelor of Business Administration (1996) and Master of Business Administration (2004), from Makerere University. He also holds a Certificate in Management which he was awarded in 1993, also by Makerere University.

Lt. Col. Bright Rwamirama attended the British Junior Staff College, completing the Junior Command and Staff Course. He also attended the Naval Postgraduate School, studying the Resource Management Course. He obtained certificates from both courses.

Career and professional work experience

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From 1978 until 1983, Bright Rwamirama worked as a Banking Officer at the now defunct state-owned Uganda Commercial Bank (UCB). 

However, in 1983, he abandoned civilian life and joined the National Resistance Army (NRA), in the Uganda Bush War to dislodge Milton Obote’s government from power. 

Following the NRA’s eventual victory and rise to power, Rwamirama was appointed Officer in Charge of Pay in the NRA in 1986, serving in that capacity until 1989.

In 1989, he was promoted to Director of Finance, in the NRA, which was later renamed Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF), in 1995. 

He served in that capacity at the UPDF headquarters, until 1997. He continued to serve as one of the Senior Staff Officers at UPDF Headquarters, until 2001.

In 2001, he retired from the Armed Forces at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and entered elective politics, contesting for the parliamentary seat of Isingiro North County, in Isingiro District. 

He won that seat and was re-elected to the same position in 2006, 2011, 2016, and most recently in the 2021 general elections.

Rwamirama was first appointed to Cabinet as Minister of State for Animal Industry in June 2006, a position he occupied for over a decade before being shifted to the Ministry of Defence as State Minister of Defence and Veteran Affairs, and later bouncing back as State Minister for Animal Industry, a position he holds to-date. 

Family

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Rwamiramas’ son, Mwine Mpaka Rwamirama

Tragedy struck Rwamirama’s family in April 2010 with the untimely death of their beloved son Beine Rukari who was only 22 years old at the time. 

Beine was found dead in a room at the Rwamirama’s residence in Kololo, Kampala. He was laid to rest at the family’s ancestral home in Masha sub-county, Isingiro district. 

The death of the minister’s son left many people in shock prompting calls for an investigation into the matter by President Yoweri Museveni and Inspector General of Police at the time Kale Kayihura.

The Rwamiramas’ other son, Mwine Mpaka Rwamirama has followed in his father’s footsteps establishing himself as a political force. 

In 2016, Mwine Mpaka was elected to Parliament as Youth MP for Western Uganda under the NRM party. In the 2021 election, he contested and won the parliamentary seat of Mbarara City West constituency for his second term in the August house. 

Other relevant information 

Lt. Col. Rwamirama’s known interests include conflict resolution, community development and watching sports events in his leisure time.

In November 2008 while distributing over 14,000 chicks to residents of Masha and Birere sub-counties Bright Rwamirama advised husbands to involve their wives in income-generating businesses. 

The Minister himself is known to run his businesses together with his wife Florence.

In June 2017, local media reported that Lt. Col Rwamirama (at the time Minister of State for Defence and Veteran Affairs) and his wife Florence Rwamirama together with Mpororo Group Limited had dragged struggling retailer Nakumatt to court for failing to pay them USD 569,339 (UGX 2 billion) in rent arrears. 

Rwamirama said in court documents filed at the High Court commercial division on April 12 2017 that Nakumatt had since 2013 not paid him a single penny in rent. The retailer was at the time operating its Mbarara branch at Multiplex Complex along plot 4, Buremba road.

In a controversial twist of events, the retired Colonel expressed dismay at some of his colleagues in Parliament who were engaged in chaotic exchanges in the chamber during the heated debates on the removal of the presidential age limit, saying that these colleagues were on drugs. He subsequently called for drug tests to be conducted on the said MPs.

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