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Maj Gen (Rtd) Kahinda Otafiire

Who is Maj Gen (Rtd) Kahinda Otafiire? Flash Uganda Media looks at his biography, age, wife, family, tribe, house, news, wealth, relationship with Winfred Karungi, Sam Kutesa, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, Ruhinda County, Mitooma District, early life and education of the current Minister of Internal Affairs in Uganda.

Major General Kahinda Severino Otafiire is a Ugandan former military commander and politician. He served in the Uganda People’s Defense Force at the rank of Major General (UPDF).

Kahinda is the current Minister of Internal Affairs in the Ugandan Cabinet as of June 8th, 2021. He is also the Parliament representative of Ruhinda County, Mitooma District.

In the previous term of the Ugandan Cabinet, he was the Minister in charge of Justice and Constitutional Affairs having been appointed in 2011. 

Early life and Education

Maj Gen (Rtd) Kahinda Severino Otafiire was born on December 29, 1950, in Mitooma District to the late Josephine Kengoro (mother) and late Philip Katembeeka (father).

Gen. Kahinda Otafiire married Winfred Karungi in 1995 and they had three children together. Winfred later lost the battle with breast cancer in 2007. Otafiire then later married Fridah Nayebale in 2014.

Kahinda Otafiire attended Kitabi Seminary, and later graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science from Makerere University. Additionally, he holds a certificate in French.

Career and Professional Work Experience

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From 1975 to 1976, Kahinda Otafiire worked as a Youth Officer. And from 1976 to 1980, he worked as a Foreign Service Officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In 1981, he enlisted with Yoweri Kaguta Museveni to become a member of the National Resistance Army (NRA), a guerrilla group, where he served as the Chief Political Commissar until 1984. From 1984 to 1986, Otafiire’s position at the NRA changed to the National Political Commissar

Just before the NRA in Kampala overthrew the military junta, Otafiire held the position of Commissioner, Internal Affairs Interim Administration in the areas under NRA authority from 1985 to 1986.

From 1986 to 1988, he was the Minister of State for Internal Affairs. He was forced to quit this post after pointing a gun at a woman in a Kampala pub.

From 1988 to 1992, He held the position of Security Assistant to the President and thereafter from 1992 to 1994, he held the position of Director General of the External Security Organization (ESO).

From 1994 to 1995, he held the position of Minister of State for Security. And in the same period, Otafiire participated in the Constituent Assembly that wrote the 1995 Uganda Constitution as a delegate. 

In 1996, he won a seat in parliament. From 1996 until 2001, Kahinda Otafiire held the position of Minister of State for Local Government. 

From 1998 to 2001, He oversaw the Uganda Military Expedition into the Democratic Republic of the Congo from a political standpoint. 

From 2001 to 2003, he was the Minister of State for Regional Cooperation and was appointed Minister of Land, Water, and the Environment from 2001 to 2006.

From February 2009, Otafiire took on the role of Minister of Trade and Industry and served in this position till he was named the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs in Uganda on May 27, 2011. He held that position for two terms.

Following the 2021 elections, Kahinda Otafiire was appointed as the Minister of Internal Affairs in the Ugandan Cabinet for the second time, the first time being in 1996. 

In the Ugandan Parliament, Otafiire is also the Ruhinda County, Mitooma District, Member of Parliament.

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Kahinda Otafiire with wife and children.

Controversies

Kahiinda Otafiire is widely known for the several controversies he is part of and his fiery sense of humour. He had a public argument with Sam Kutesa’s late wife Jennifer Kutesa in 1989

Sam Kutesa was the minister of foreign affairs then. A pleasant lunchtime conversation at the Fairway Hotel quickly turned into a heated argument when Otafiire confronted Jennifer for criticizing him. 

He drew a gun on Jennifer during the ensuing altercation. After that, he resigned from his position as Minister of State for Internal Affairs in the Cabinet, becoming the first minister in the NRM administration to do so willingly in the face of widespread criticism.

Then, during the 1996 presidential race, he pleaded with Paul Ssemwogerere of the DP to drop out of the race and retire to take care of ducks, angering Ssemwogerere’s supporters.

He and several senior UPDF troops were charged in a UN report published in 2001 with stealing DR Congo‘s natural resources, notably timber. However, he denied the allegations by showing he knew nothing about it.

He then got into a fight with Capt. Fred Okello, a security guard working under the Ministry of Water, Lands, and Environment with State House’s consent, after the latter stated that Otafiire was engaging in illicit timber trafficking. Otafiire later sacked him from his position.

He backed NEMA’s decision to demolish Godfrey Nyakaana’s home in January 2005 on the basis that it was constructed within a wetland.

Hobbies 

Otafiire is said to enjoy reading and teaching.

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