francis mwebesa biography
Francis Mwebesa

Who is Francis Mwebesa? Flash Uganda Media looks at his biography, age, wife, family, tribe, relationship with Elizabeth Natukunda Mwebesa, Theodore Twongyirwe, Anthony Baryejusa, Sarapio Rukundo, BMTS Industries, early life and education of the current Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives in Uganda.

Francis Mwebesa is a minister, businessman, investor, patriot and humanitarian.

He is the current Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives in the Parliament of Uganda. He is also a former presidential advisor. 

Early life and Education

Francis Mwebesa is from Nyakayojo, RwamparaMbarara district, Western Uganda, where most of his business ventures are currently located.

He went to Mbarara University of Science & Technology. 

He has a daughter named Elizabeth Natukunda Mwebesa who works with Turner & Townsend International Ltd, a consulting company. 

Francis Mwebesa’s other daughter, Theodore Twongyirwe, the head of computer science at the Mbarara University of Technology is married to Anthony Baryejusa, an engineer with Etats, a road construction company.

He is a school-time friend of the President of Uganda, H.E. Kaguta Museveni. 

Career and Professional Work Experience

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Francis Mwebesa has mostly operated in the private sector until his appointment to Government in 2021 where he promised to reach out and involve the private sector more in the trade industry. 

From 1967 to 1992, Mwebesa acted as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of BM InvestConsult Co. Ltd, a private limited company located in Nyakayojo Division, Mbarara. 

In 1992, he incorporated a private limited company, BM Technical Services Ltd in Kakoba Division, Mbarara, Uganda. He became Chairman of the Board of Directors and Managing Director from 1992 to 2021.

Mwebesa is also the Sole Sponsor of BM Steel Manufacturer in Mbarara since 1992. 

In June 2021, following a cabinet reshuffle, he was appointed as the Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives in Uganda by President Museveni taking over from Hon Amelia Kyambadde who had served in the portfolio for two terms.

Before this, Francis Mwebesa was also a Presidential Advisor in the Office of the President from Mbarara Municipality.

He is also a volunteer Board Member of Community Services Group (CSG), an organization established to promote poverty alleviation in January 1990.

Achievements and Awards

Francis Mwebesa has engaged in the oil palm plantation project established in March 2022 to increase local production, create rural jobs, reduce imports and at the same time diversify exports from Uganda. 

Controversies

In January 2012, authorities from the Ministry of Minerals were looking into how investors in wolfram and iron ore secured mining leases in the Kabale and Kisoro districts.

Sarapio Rukundo, a former state tourism minister, and Mr Francis Mwebesa of BMTS Industries in Mbarara were accused of getting mining rights without the permission of the people whose land the minerals were located on.

Mr Rukundo and Mwebesa said that after submitting the deed titles to the commissioner of surveys and mapping, they were granted 21-year leases.

Mwebesa claimed that he legitimately obtained the mining lease because he met the locals and they signed the documents.

However, the owner of the Harurandura group, Mr Paul Sabiiti, and the head of the Remera Bataka Land Owners Association, Mr Benon Nteziyaremye, asked that the licences of the two investors be revoked because their people were not engaged before the leases were signed.

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