Who is Grace Freedom Kwiyucwiny? Flash Uganda Media looks at her biography, age, husband, family, tribe, and relationship with Mary Karooro Okurut, Sam Cheptoris, Betty Amongi, Woman Member of Parliament for Zombo District, Nebbi District, early life and education of the current State Minister for Northern Uganda.
Grace Freedom Kwiyucwiny, also known as Grace Kwiyucwiny, is a politician and prominent women leader from Uganda.
She is the State Minister for Northern Uganda in the 11th Ugandan Cabinet. She is also the former Zombo District’s Woman Member of Parliament.
Early Life and Education
Grace Kwiyucwiny was born on 03rd, October 1962, in Zombo District, the West Nile Subregion of Northern Uganda. She attended Lower Zombo Primary School for her Primary Leaving Certificate (PLE) and Warr Girls School for her Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE).
She then transferred to Tororo Girls School for her Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE). She attended Makerere University and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science, a Postgraduate Diploma in Management, and a Master’s in Business Administration.
Career and Professional Work Experience
Grace Kwiyucwiny had previously presided over the Nebbi women’s community as the Chairperson.
From 2001 to 2006, she worked as a Coordinator for the Kampala portfolio first as a local governance specialist and then later as a manager of SNV programmes in Kampala.
Grace’s first attempt at joining the Parliament was in 2001 when she contested against Betty Odongo in a by-election following the death of Esther Dhugira for Nebbi Women’s seat but unfortunately, she lost.
After the two districts were divided, she contested again in Zombo District and won in 2011 with 30,268 votes beating her rivals Grace Monokuma and Joanita Ngabiroch who both stood on independent tickets.
Prior to that, she had defeated her rivals Catherine Mavenjina and Grace Pacutho in the NRM primaries making her the NRM party flag-bearer.
When she entered Parliament as an Honorable in 2011, she became a member of the Local Government and Account Committee that scrutinized the Auditor General report on the utilization of funds in the local government.
She also acted as the chairperson of the Public Service and Local Government Committee of Parliament, as well as a member of the Children’s Forum advocating for children’s rights and protection.
In 2016, she was re-elected as the Women’s MP for Zombo District. She was also appointed State Minister for Northern Uganda on June 6, 2016 by President Museveni.
She however failed to win the 2021 General elections for the Zombo District Women’s Representative in the Ugandan Parliament.
Achievements and Awards
Since the 2009 separation of Zombo District from Nebbi District, Grace Kwiyucwiny was the first Women Member of Parliament for Zombo district.
In her community, Grace is a prominent community leader, particularly for women.
She facilitated organisational self-evaluation and created a strategic plan for the Coalition of Political Accountability to Women (COPAW), policy analysis for women civic and political leaders in Uganda, and a women parliamentarians association (UWOPA). She has pushed for funding for programmes that benefit girl children and district women.
She worked as the Publicity secretary for UWOPA (Uganda Women’s Parliamentary Association) an association that endeavors to make legislation gender sensitive and also a member of the Adhoc committee on oil and gas investigating corruption allegations in the sector.
Along with doing research on the effects of national policies, she also conducted a study on the effectiveness of parliamentarians from the perspective of women, which highlighted the advancements, successes, and difficulties faced by women in the Ugandan parliament.
She claimed that DANIDA expressed interest in it and dispatched a group of female legislators to the Denmark parliament to observe the country’s multi-party system and political transition with regard to women.
She was appointed to the committee to look into the alleged theft of the Zoka Forest in the Adjumani District as one of the tasks she was given as State Minister for Northern Uganda.
The four-person committee, led by Mary Karooro Okurut, Cabinet Minister for General Duties in the Prime Minister’s Office, was chosen by then Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda. It also included Sam Cheptoris, the Minister for Water and Environment, and Betty Amongi, the Minister for Lands, Housing and Urban Development.
Grace Kwiyucwiny is also a consultant with AKIJUL in Kampala, a regional NGO engaged in the creation and assessment of initiatives that deal with governance, agriculture, HIV/AIDS, and human rights.
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