syda namirembe bbumba biography
Syda Bbumba

Who is Syda Namirembe Bbumba? Flash Uganda Media looks at her biography, age, husband, family, tribe, and relationship with the late Abby Bbumba Ssebaggala, Abdul Katuntu, Anglo-Irish oil company, Tullow Oil Company, Nakaseke North representative, Nakaseke District, early life and education of the current Chairperson of the National Economy Committee in Uganda.

Syda Namirembe Bbumba is a Ugandan accountant, banker, and politician. She previously served in parliament for over two decades as Nakaseke North’s representative in Nakaseke District. 

She is the current Chairperson of the National Economy Committee. Syda has served Uganda as the Minister of Energy and Minerals, Minister of Gender, Labor, and Social Affairs as well as Minister of Finance in the previous Parliaments. 

Early Life and Education

Syda Bbumba was born on January 7, 1952, in Nakaseke District, Uganda.

Hajat Sayda Bbumba was married to the late Abby Bbumba Ssebaggala who succumbed to a sudden stroke on 7th, July 2018.

She received her high school education at Trinity College Nabbingo. Before going to university, she also attended Makerere College School.

She graduated from Makerere University with a degree in Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) in Accounting in 1974. In 2006, she graduated with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Kampala International University.

Career and Professional Work Experience

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From 1974 until 1995, Syda Bbumba spent 21 years as an accountant and treasury manager at the Uganda Development Bank. 

Before being elected to the Ugandan Parliament to represent Nakaseke North County in Nakaseke District, she served as a member of the Uganda Electoral Commission in 1996. 

She has consistently served as Nakaseke North constituency’s representative in the Ugandan Parliament until the 2021 General elections when she shifted to Nakaseke Central Constituency and lost her Parliamentary position. 

She served in the Ugandan Cabinet from 2002 to 2006 as the Minister of Energy and Minerals, then from 2006 to 2008 as the Minister of Gender, Labor, and Social Development. 

From 2009 to 2011, Syda Bbumba served as the Minister of Finance, and once more from 2011 to 2012, she was appointed as the Minister of Gender, Labor, and Social Development. 

In her capacity as the Minister of Finance, she took on responsibility for the National Social Security Fund (NSSF), a quasi-government agency that had previously been under the Ministry of Gender, Labor, and Social Development, which she had previously left. 

On May 27, 2011, she was reappointed to the position of Minister of Gender, Labor, and Social Development, taking Gabriel Opio’s place after he was dismissed from the Cabinet. Maria Kiwanuka took her seat at the Finance Ministry.

Achievements and Awards

Syda Bbumba was the first woman in Uganda’s history to hold the position of Minister of Finance, holding it from 18 February 2009 to 27 May 2011. 

She served as both the Parliamentary Islamic Banking Forum’s and the Parliamentary Committee on National Economy’s chairperson. She served as the OIC Women Advisory Panel’s representative for Sub-Saharan Africa.

Syda Bbumba assumed the role of Chairperson of the Governing Council of the East African Development Bank (EADB). 

Bbumba created a reputation for herself through the extensive rural electrification initiative while she was the MP of Nakaseke North Constituency. Due to the project’s successful completion, the voters nicknamed her “Maama Ggaake,” which is translated as “the mother of light.”

Controversies

syda bbumba biography

Syda Bbumba was accused of mismanaging government funds and resigned from the cabinet on February 16, 2012, although she kept her parliamentary seat. 

A parliamentary investigation declared that Syda the then Finance Minister and Khiddu Makubuya the Attorney General had illegally paid out millions of dollars to a city businessman.

The businessman, a member of the ruling party, had won contracts to renovate parts of central Kampala, but the agreements were cancelled as a result of objections from market vendors who worried the renovations would endanger their livelihoods.

In May 2017, Syda Bbumba confessed to signing UGX 568 billion ($157 million) tax waiver to an Anglo-Irish oil company, Tullow Oil Company without reading the Production Sharing Agreement (PSA). 

During a sitting with the Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE) chaired by Abdul Katuntu, she claimed that since the Solicitor General is the Government’s Chief legal advisor, she had assumed that his clearing the documents was enough for her to put her signature on them. She also claimed that she was no oil expert.

Syda Bbumba was harassed by her supporters prior to the 2021 General elections. Voters in Nakaseke lost their temper and expelled Syda from a meeting over broken promises. 

They claimed that in the 20 years since they had chosen her as their representative in parliament, she had never fulfilled many of her promises in regards to education, health and better roads.

She ended up losing the Nakaseke Central constituency Parliamentary elections to the National Unity Platform (NUP) candidate, Allan Mayanja Ssebunnya who garnered 9,298 votes against Bbumba’s 7,042 votes. 

She blamed her loss on the political massive wave that swept Buganda and carried other ministries and MP’s with it.

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