Who is Godfrey Kiwanda Ssuubi?: Flash Uganda Media looks at his biography, age, family, wife, tribe, wealth, NRM, work and experience, political career, relationship with Veronica Nanono, Miss Curvy Pageant, Mityana County North, early life and education of the Former State Minister for Tourism in Uganda.
Godfrey Kiwanda Ssuubi is a Ugandan politician, farmer, businessman, former State Minister for Tourism in the Ugandan Cabinet.
Kiwanda was appointed to the position on June 6 2016, and co-currently served as the elected Member of Parliament for Mityana County North, Mityana District (2016-2021) in the 10th Parliament.
Early Life and Education
Godfrey Kiwanda Ssuubi was born on August, 1st, 1973 in Mityana District before it was curbed out of Mubende District, the central part of Uganda in Kikunyu village, Kikandwa Sub-County to Mr Francis Ssebagala.
Kiwanda who’s from a poor background is the firstborn in his father’s house. Kiwanda attended St. Joseph Busunju Primary School, from where he obtained his Primary Leaving Education Certificate (PLE) in 1989.
Thereafter, Kiwanda joined St. Francis Senior Secondary School, Busunju for his O’ & A’ Level education. In 1997, he proceeded to Makerere University Kampala (MUK), the largest and oldest university on the land.
This was after he obtained his A’ Level certificate in 1996, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics Degree in the year 2000. He later proceeded with school and attained a Master’s in International Relations.
Kiwanda further achieved an honorary PhD in Tourism from a Zambian University; this followed his enthusiasm for tourism. And as a result, he attained the title Doctor and currently, he’s pursuing a law degree.
Work and Experience
Godfrey Kiwanda Ssuubi served as a Member of Parliament representing Mityana North Constituency. He was first elected into office in 2001 till 2006.
However, while at Makerere University, Kiwanda attempted to contest for the Mityana North parliamentary seat in a by-election to replace Emmanuel Kilenga who had passed on, in the 7th parliament but lost the vote to Dr Gordon Ssematiko
Kiwanda worked as the Kaabong District Residential District Commissioner in the Karamoja sub-region. This is where he gained a lot of experience and political maturity.
Then in the 2011 general elections, Kiwanda returned to parliament on the National Resistance Movement (NRM) ticket, the ruling party in Uganda since 1986. He got re-elected in 2016 serving till 2021, and in that period, he was appointed Minister for Tourism in the Ugandan Cabinet.
Then during 2021, general elections, Kiwanda withdrew his name from the MP race for his Constituency. This was before the August 2020 NRM party primaries were conducted.
As a result, Kiwanda was voted the NRM’S Central Region Vice President by the Central Executive Committee (CEC), 2021-2026. He did not join politics in parliament, his leadership roles began way back in school.
Kiwanda served as the Head boy at St. Joseph P/S, Busunju while in primary six & seven. In the same school, he was the head prefect throughout from S.1-S.4.
At St. Francis Mengo, Kiwanda served as the head prefect in his senior five and senior six classes. Then while studying at Makerere University, he was the Mess Minister, Lumumba Hall.
During his term of office as a State Minister for Tourism, World Life and Antiquities, Kiwanda initiated several projects that introduced tourism to the lower people. This can be seen in the Tulambule Ne Zari Tourism campaign with Ugandan socialite Zari Hassan.
He as well unveiled Ugandan ‘Rolex’, a combination of chapati and eggs to the world, characterized by an annual Rolex Festival.
Hon Kiwanda as well promoted the ‘Miss Curvy’ Pageant initiated by Ann Mungoma that later collapsed. Just like Miss Uganda, Miss Tourism pageants, Miss Curvy showcased curvaceous and oversized women in Uganda.
The numbers of both domestic and foreign tourists shot high during Kiwanda’s reign, something he prides himself in, and this made him more popular than the full minister.
One of the gorillas born in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park the time Kiwanda and his wife visited the park in the 2018 Easter holiday, was named ‘Tulambule Baby Gorilla’ after his project ‘Tulambule’ that he initiated.
Kiwanda who has a passion for work and is a great supporter of President Museveni is a farmer who deals in coffee, bananas, and cattle rearing for milk production (commercial).
He’s also the Director at Success Academy, Namigavu in Mityana District. A school he started in his second year of study while studying at Makerere University Kampala.
Kiwanda attempted to contest for the East African Legislative Assembly seat to replace Mathias Kasamba who passed away in April 2021 but lost the vote to Hon. James Kakooza.
Throughout his term in office, Kiwanda served as the Chairperson Buganda Parliamentary Caucus
Godfrey Kiwanda Ssuubi is married to Veronica Nanono, a teacher by profession and together they’re parents to nine children.
Kiwanda and Nanono met while studying at Makerere University, Nanono was one year behind Kiwanda and she was the Secretary Mubende Makerere University Student’s Association, where Kiwanda served as the Chairperson.
Kiwanda hired Nanono as the Headmistress to the school he had started in his village while in his second year and that’s where their marriage journey kicked off from.
Hon Godfrey Kiwanda Ssuubi plays football during his free time in his village every Saturday. He plays number seven. He as well does running every day, cycling in the morning with his colleagues in the ‘Jamie Family’.
In 2017, during the Constitutional Amendment Bill to remove the presidential age limit, Kiwanda and the Mityana District Woman legislator, Judith Nabakooba survived being stoned by angry youths at a rally they staged to collect support for the Amendment of Article 102 (b) of the Uganda Constitution.
The angry youths hurled stones at the legislators which forced them to abandon the rally and run for life.