Who is Frank Kagyigyi Tumwebaze?
Who is Frank Kagyigyi Tumwebaze?

Who is Frank Kagyigyi Tumwebaze?: Flash Uganda Media looks at his biography, age, family, wife, work and experience, political career, early life and education of the current Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries in the Ugandan Cabinet. 

Frank Kagyigyi Tumwebaze is a Ugandan educator and politician. He is the current Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries in the Ugandan Cabinet. 

He was appointed to that position on 9 June 2021 after the dissolution of the former cabinet on May 12 2021 by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni in the 2021 polls.

People who worked with Tumwebaze describe him as an agile, intelligent man who adapts quickly and clear-eyed to Uganda’s transformational agenda which makes him an asset for Uganda and Africa in particular.

As a Minister, one of his most significant achievements has been in the Social Assistance Grants for Empowerment (SAGE) Scheme under the Expanding Social Protection Programme.

Tuwmebaze is credited for streamlining the labour sector in general, especially the External Recruitment Sector that remit more than USD700M (UGX2.8 Trillion) to Uganda annually.

On the gender front, Tumwebaze is lauded for being a strong advocate against domestic violence. He was behind a policy paper that was presented to the cabinet on domestic violence.

As a minister for ICT & National Guidance, Tumwebaze championed several ICT-led innovations including the National ICT Initiatives Support Programme (NIISP). NIISP is a national plan that supports a locally-bred innovation ecosystem and marketspaces for Uganda innovative digital products.   

Hon Frank Tumwebaze is a hardworking person and so passionate about his work, he most times comments about several topics, ranging from ICT, Gender, Labour, and national politics.

Tumwebaze is an unapologetic and intense supporter of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) and spends considerable time preaching about the achievement of the government. 

He is also not shy to admit mistakes where things have gone wrong.

He’s one of the topmost engaged politicians and approaches his work with the same amount of enthusiasm and keenness that he engages with on social media and media houses during interviews and talk shows.

Tumwebaze is down earth person, he makes time almost for everyone, even online, he tries to make everyone see his point, although he takes no prisoners if you try to become unreasonable knowingly.

Early Life and Education

Frank Tumwebaze was born in Kamwenge District on 1 December 1975 to Matayo Kagyigyi and Beatrice Kagyigyi. He is the fifth-born in a family of seven children.

  • 1989, Primary Leaving Examinations, Bisozi Primary School.
  • 1993, Uganda Certificate of Education, Kazo Senior School.
  • 1996, Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education, Old Kampala Senior Secondary School. However, before, he attended Jinja College before joining Old Kampala SS.
  • 1999, Bachelor of Science in Education, Mbarara University of Science and Technology.
  • 2005, Master of International Relations and Diplomatic Studies, Makerere University.
  • 2019, Master of Public Health, Makerere University.

At school Tumwebaze was a sharp student, he was the first student to get the first grade at Kazo Secondary School in Mbarara, where he was always a 5-star student. 

Tumwebaze was born a leader getting elected a Head Prefect at Jinja College and then Guild President at MUST.

Tumwebaze rose from a humble beginning to a transformational leader contrary to what many people think. Tumwebaze was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth, neither was he born into the NRM.

He was the first child in his family to attend school. It was his character and sharp mind, combined with a determination to get things done that always caught the attention of both his peers and seniors alike, including his illiterate father as well as President Museveni.

Tumwebaze says his ability to serve as his father’s interpreter early in school ensured his herdsman father to keep on investing in his education. 

As a student leader, at Mbarara University, the firebrand Tumwebaze caught the President’s eye when in a meeting he shot rather interesting questions at the President.

“I asked whether he knew Kamwenge (He asked me what about it”), I told him that, (sir we are very remote, we request you to give us our district) because I had been told that with districts the nearer and more the services. By that time our district was Kabarole. In short, the troubles that affected my home area inspired me to be an activist of my community”.

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He is married to Florence Tumwebaze and together they are parents of five children.

Work and Experience 

Frank Tumwebaze is the current Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries in the Ugandan Cabinet appointed on 9 June 2021. Previously he served as Minister of Information, Technology and Communications, from 6 June 2016 to 13 December 2019.

On 28 May 2021, he was named a member of the 11th Parliament Appointments Committee, a committee that vets and approves members appointed by the president.

2019-2021, Minister of Gender, Labour and Social Development, replacing Janat Mukwaya who was dropped from the cabinet. 

2012-2016, Tumwebaze served as Minister for the Presidency and Minister for the Kampala Capital City Authority

He replaced Kabakumba Masiko, who resigned from the government on 14 December 2011 following allegations of abuse of office, theft by taking, causing monetary loss to the government of Uganda and conspiracy to defraud the government. 

2006 till date, Tumwebaze has been a Member of Parliament for Kibale County in Kamwenge District, on the National Resistance Movement (NRM) political party ticket, the ruling party.

2003-2005, Special Presidential Assistant on Research and Information, Office of the President.

2001-2003, Deputy Resident District Commissioner, Iganga District. 2000-2001, Customs Officer, Uganda Revenue Authority (URA). In 2000, Research Assistant/Data Analyst, Fountain Publishers 

Parliamentary Duties

He has the following additional parliamentary responsibilities

Chairperson of the Committee on Finance, Planning and Economic Development.

Member of the Committee on Rules, Discipline and Privileges.

Family 

Frank Tumwebaze is married to Florence Tumwebaze and together they are parents of five children. He’s an Anglican believer.

Awards/Achievements

As the Minister of ICT and National Guidance, Frank Tumwebaze was awarded for his excellent service at the Ministry of ICT and National Guidance in 2018.