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Who is Lucy Nakyobe?

Who is Lucy Nakyobe?: Flash Uganda Media looks at her biography, family, husband, work and experience, politics, early life and education of the former State House Comptroller Uganda.

Lucy Nakyobe is a Ugandan social scientist and administrator, former State House Comptroller Uganda since 2010. Nakyobe took over office from Richard Muhinda.

Early Life and Education

Lucy Nakyobe attended Makerere University Kampala, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences in 1990. Later in 1995, Nakyobe graduated with a PGD from Uganda Management Institute (UMI) under Makerere University. 

In 1999, Nakyobe obtained a master’s degree in Public Administration and Management from Makerere University, 1991, a certificate in Law for Administrative Officers and in December the same year, she obtained a certificate in Data Management.

In June 2009, Nakyobe obtained a certificate in Leadership and Change Management under Uganda-Ontario Partnership, and attended a Good Governance Program at the same time.

May 2007, Nakyobe studied a course on Indicators for Policy Management, MDGs and Statistical Literacy and in March 2007, Leadership and team-building Course under British Council. 

While in October 2006, Nakyobe attended a Coaching and mentoring course at British Council.

May 2003, she attended Basic Cadre Development Course at National Leadership Institute, Kyankwanzi, and in June 2003, Nakyobe Specification Writing course, while in August 2003, she attended Contract Management course. 

In August 2002, Nakyobe studied Advanced Leadership Skills for Women, Johannesburg, May 2002, Specification, preparation and writing course while in June 2002, Nakyobe attended a course in Bid preparation and tender evaluation among others.

Work and Experience

Lucy Nakyobe worked in the accounts department of the State House as an Undersecretary of Finance and Administration before she was appointed the State House Comptroller in 2010 till 2021.

As a State House Comptroller, Nakyobe was responsible for the preparation of annual policy statements, budget framework, budget estimates, work plans and procurement plan.

Other tasks included logistics management and procurement, finance and administration for the office of the vice president, plus supervising and mentoring lower staff.

Heading administration at State House including ensuring proper coordination and organization of all operations and activities conducted.

Nakyobe was also responsible for tendering advice to the president in respect of the business, general administration and policy issues.

She as well ensured the implementation of government business and proper expenditure of public funds following laid down government accounting procedures. 

1989-1990 Nakyobe served as a research assistant on behavioural risk studies among Baganda women under Case Western Reserve University/Makerere University, Collaborative Research Project.

1990-1991, she worked as the Assistant Secretary of the Environment Protection Department, State House.

1991-1992, Nakyobe served as the assistant secretary Energy and Natural Resources Department, State House.

1993-1994, she was the assistant secretary of Tourism and Wild Life, State House. From 1994-95, assistant secretary Office of the President, then from 1995-1998, assistant Secretary, State House.

Nakyobe as well served as the Under Secretary, Finance and Administration, Accounts Department at State House.

Other responsibilities

Lucy Nakyobe contributed enormously towards the publications of McGrath JW, Rwabukwali CB, Schumann Da, Pearson-Marks J, Nakayiwa, Namande B, Nakyobe L, Mukasa R. 

She as well contributed towards Anthropology and AIDs: the cultural context of sexual risk behaviour among urban Baganda women in Kampala Uganda, Social Science and Medicine. 

1993 Feb; 36 (4): 429-39, Janet W. McGrath, Debra A. Schumann, Johmann, Jonnie Pearson-Marks, Charles B. Rwabukwali, Rebecca Mukasa, Barbara Namande, Sylvia Nakayiwa, Lucy Nakyobe Cultural Determinants of Sexual Risk Behavior for AIDs among Baganda Women Medical Anthropology Quarterly, New Series, Vol.6 (Jun 1992), pp, 153-161, Rwabukwali, Charles B among others.


Lucy Nakyobe is a widow, she was married to the late Prof Anthony Mbonye who was the former Health Director-General of Health Services and together they have four children and grandchildren.