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Who is Jim Muhwezi Katugugu?

Who is Jim Muhwezi Katugugu?: Flash Uganda Media looks at his biography, age, family, wife, tribe, wealth, net worth, News, work and experience, political career, Pandora Papers, early life and education of the current Minister for National Security in Uganda.

Major General (Retired) Jim Muhwezi Katugugu is a Ugandan attorney, politician, retired military officer and Cabinet Minister for National Security in Uganda. 

He was appointed to the position on 8th June 2021 and a Member of Parliament representing Rujumbura County, Rukungiri District. 

Early Life and Education

Rtd. Maj. General Jim Muhwezi was born on 23 August 1950 in Rukungiri District to a Christian family of Mr Katugugu, a Reverend by title.

The retired Maj. General went to Makerere University from where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Law (LLB), the largest and oldest public university in the country in 1979.

Maj. General Muhwezi trained as Senior Military Police and Security Intelligence in Tanzania and the former Soviet Union.

Then in July 2009, Maj. Gen Muhwezi attained a Diploma in Legal Practice at the Law Development Center (LDC) based in Kampala Uganda’s Capital City, a prerequisite for obtaining a law practising license in Uganda. 

Work Experience

In the 1970s, Maj. Gen Jim Muhwezi served the Uganda Police Force as a Policeman. 

Then in (1981-1986), Muhwezi was one of the combatants in the bush war that ushered the National Resistance Movement (NRM) into the leadership of this country led by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the current president of Uganda. 

1986-1996, the general served as the National Resistance Council (NRC) member and as the first Director-General of the Internal Security Organization (ISO) just after capturing power.

At the helm of ISO, Maj. Gen Muhwezi was credited with cleaning up the reputation and image of the security police apparatus. In the 10 year period as ISO boss, allegations regarding torture were never raised against the agency.

1994-1995, Maj. Gen Muhwezi served as a member of the Constitutional Assembly that drew up the 1995 Ugandan Constitution.

1996-1998, Maj. Gen Muhwezi served as the State Minister in Charge of Primary Education, and then 2001-2006, he served as the Minister of Health in the Uganda Cabinet.

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The Pandora Papers revealed that Maj. Gen. Jim Muhwezi had offshore accounts hidden from the public’s and tax collectors’ eyes. FILE PHOTO

As the Minister of Health, Maj. Gen Muhwezi made tremendous strides in combating the mortality rate and diseases in the country. 

Here, he was ranked the best performing minister in Uganda because immunization against killer diseases was a priority, and built health centres at county and sub-county levels.

Also, HIV/AIDs prevalence in the country diminished that’s 10% in 2001 to 6.4%. Though Maj. Gen Muhwezi was credited, over $200m Global Fund on Aids was mismanaged during his reign leaving Aids victims helpless. 

March 2015-2016, Maj. Gen Muhwezi served as the Minister of Information and National guidance in the Cabinet of Uganda. He was appointed on 1st March 2015, replacing Rose Namayanja who was dropped from the Cabinet in a cabinet reshuffle.

Maj. Gen Muhwezi is the current Member of Parliament representing Rujumbura County, Rukungiri District. 

He gained the position in 2021, after losing it in 2016. 

Family

Maj. Gen Jim Muhwezi Katugugu is married to Susan Muhwezi the Senior Presidential Advisor on AGOA and Trade in Uganda and owns two boutique motels in the country, together they have seven children. 

Susan Kabonero is the sister of Ugandan tycoon Bob Kabonero and Ugandan Ambassador Richard Kabonero.

Parliamentary Duties

  • Muhwezi served in the Parliamentary Committee on physical infrastructure.

Controversy

Maj. Gen Jim Muhwezi appeared in the Pandora Papers for owning secret offshore accounts away from the intriguing eyes of the public and tax collectors.

Also, the Kabale High Court closed a petition case seeking nullification of Maj. Gen Jim Muhwezi election as the Rujumbura County legislator, Rukungiri District filed by Fred Turyamuhweza Tumuheirwe of Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Gen Muhwezi’s immediate rival in the 14 January 2021 general election. 

Tumuheirwe claimed that the election was marred by ballot stuffing, intimidation of voters and voter bribery which led to his loss. 

Maj. Gen Muhwezi faced arrest in 1981 while serving as the officer in charge at Mbale Police Station. He was arrested under claims that he had linkage to the National Resistance Army (NRA) current National Resistance Movement (NRM) by then rebels. 

He later escaped from Jinja Road Police cells where he was detained; he grabbed a gun from one of the guards and shot one of the cell guards. Maj. Gen Muhwezi then sneaked out of the country dressed as a woman and joined the NRA rebels.

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His wife Susan Muhwezi is the Senior Presidential Advisor for AGOA and Trade in Uganda. FILE PHOTO

In the bush, Maj. Gen Muhwezi engaged in counterintelligence and combat operations using the knowledge he attained at Kibuli and Masindi Police training schools. He had much knowledge regarding the law and police service.

The Maj. Gen was censored by parliament over abuse of office in 1998. It was believed that Muhwezi and his two ministers of State Captain Mike Mukula and Dr Alex Kamugisha misused Global Funds meant for Aids, Malaria and Tuberculosis. 

However, he retained his parliamentary seat and cabinet position.

Maj. Gen Jim Muhwezi Katugugu turned himself in to the police, got arrested, booked and remanded to Luzira Prison after he was charged with abuse of office, theft and embezzlement of over UGX 1bn ($500,000) donor fund for immunization in 2007. 

Net Worth

In 2021, Rtd Maj Gen Muhwezi’s net worth is estimated to be $1million to $5million.