Who is Chris Baryomunsi?: Flash Uganda Media looks at his biography, age, family, wife, tribe, controversy, work and experience, news, political career, early life and education of the current Member of Parliament for Kinkizi County East.
Chris Baryomunsi is a Ugandan physician, public health specialist, demographer and politician.
He is the current Ugandan Minister of Information, Communications, Technology and National Guidance (ICT) appointed to the position in 2021, shortly after the 2021 general elections.
Baryomunsi is the elected Member of Parliament for Kinkizi County East and a member of Uganda’s ruling party, the National Resistance Movement (NRM).
He’s known to be an independent thinker who is not afraid to disagree with his party when it goes astray from national issues.
Early Life and Education
Chris Baryomunsi a Mukiga by tribe was born on the 9 December 1969 to the late Aloysius Mpungirehe and the late Rosaria Kamayangi in Murama Village, Nyakishenyi Rukungiri District.
Later in 1971, Baryomunsi’s parents relocated to Kayungwe, Rugyeyo, present-day Kanungu District when Baryomunsi was only two years.
Baryomunsi attended Kayungwe Primary School from where he attained his PLE certificate, then St. Paul’s Seminary, Kabale where he attained both the Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) and Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE).
From St. Paul’s Seminary Secondary School, Baryomunsi was admitted to Makerere University, the largest public university in Uganda, to study human medicine. Then in 1995, he graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree.
In 1997, Baryomunsi was awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in demography, while in 1998 he received a Master of Arts in demography, from Makerere University.
In 2003, Baryomunsi received a Postgraduate Diploma in HIV/AIDS Management from the University of Brighton, United Kingdom (UK).
Then later in 2016, he obtained a PhD in Public Health majoring in Maternal Health from Atlantic International University, USA.
Work and Experience
Chris Baryomunsi from 1995 till 1998, served as a medical officer at Mulago Hospital. Then from 1999 to 2002, Baryomunsi served as a reproductive health advisor for Deutsche Gesellschaft fur International Zusammenarbeit.
Then later in 2002 till 2006, Baryomunsi worked as a reproductive health advisor for UNFPA between 2002 and 2006, and as a lecturer at Makerere University between 2000 and 2006.
Chris Baryomunsi began his political career in secondary school. He served as the elected minister for education at St. Paul’s Seminary from 1988 to 1990.
And when he joined Makerere University in the early 1990s, Baryomunsi was elected the finance secretary for the Federation of African Medical Student’s Association and the Secretary for Finance for the Makerere University Medical Student’s Association.
In 2005, Baryomunsi was named the United Nations Population Fund HIV/AIDS Advisor for Harare. Nevertheless, Baryomunsi rejected the appointment in favour of politics. He wanted to join the 2006 Ugandan parliamentary election race.
He contested for the post of Kinkiizi County East Constituency in Kanungu District and won the race. Baryomunsi was also voted as the president of the African Parliamentarians Forum on Population and Development at the time.
At parliament, Baryomunsi served on the Social Services Committee, Health and HIV/AIDS Committees as its chairperson.
Then from June 2011 to April 2014, Baryomunsi served as a Parliamentary Commissioner for NRM in the Parliament of Uganda.
Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Aids Information Centre, Technical Advisor on HIV/AIDS, GTZ, Programme Advisor, United Nations Population Fund, Member of the Parliamentary Budget Committee and President of the African Parliamentarians Forum on Population and Development.
March 1, 2015, Baryomunsi was appointed State Minister of Health for General Duties, while on 6 June 2016; he was named State Minister for Housing in the cabinet of Uganda.
Baryomunsi is also the President Rotary Club of Kabarole District.
Family/ Religious Affiliations
Chris Baryomunsi is married to Fosca Twebaze and together they have two children.
He was born and raised in a Roman Catholic family, his father converted to the Catholic faith in the early 1950s, but he was raised in a protestant family.