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Who is Matia Kasaija?

Who is Matia Kasaija?: Flash Uganda Media looks at his biography, age, family, wife, tribe, controversy, work and experience, political career, early life and education of the current Member of Parliament for Buyanja County.

Matia Kasaija is a Ugandan politician, current Minister of Finance in the Cabinet of the Republic of Uganda.

Kasaija was named Minister of Finance in March 2015replacing Maria Kiwanuka, who was named Senior Presidential Advisor for Finance.

Minister Kasaija originates from the western region of Uganda and is a Munyoro by the tribe. He’s a staunch supporter of Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the President of the Republic of Uganda and the National Resistance Movement (NRM) the ruling party in the country since 1986 when President Museveni took power.

During media interviews, Kasaija is one man who responds sharply to criticisms directed towards president Museveni and the NRM, a party he belongs to.   

Early Life and Education

Minister Matia Kasaija was born in Kibaale District on 28 May 1944. 

Kasaija attended the University of Nairobi graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce (BCom) circa 1967, former University of East Africa affiliate.

Work Experience

Matia Kasaija is the current Minister of Finance in Uganda’s Cabinet and the elected Member of Parliament for Buyanja County, Kibaale District. 

Following his re-election to the 9th Parliament in 2011, Kasaija was appointed the State Minister of Finance and Planning in the Cabinet from May 27 2011 till 28 February 2015 in a cabinet reshuffle of May 2015 replacing Ephraim Kamuntu who got elevated to the position of Minister of Tourism.

June 1 2006 till May 2011, Kasaija was the State Minister for Internal Affairs in the Cabinet of the Republic of Uganda. This was after his election to the 8th parliament during the 2006 general elections.

Matia Kasaija at the age of 36 was voted to Parliament during Uganda’s elections of 1980 and appointed State Minister for Labor till 1981. Then from 1981 till 1986, Kasaija served as the National Resistance Army (NRA) External Wing member.

From 1987 to 1990, Kasaija was the Executive Director of the Departed Asians Property Custodian Board, a government parastatal that was charged with safeguarding the property expropriated from the Asians following their expulsion from Uganda in the 1970s by the Idi Amin Dada, the former president of Uganda. 

Also, Kasaija served as the Deputy Director for Mass Mobilization at the National Resistance Movement (NRM) Secretariat (1998-1998). 

Before politics, Kasaija worked as a teacher, farm manager and salesman for Shell oil firm in Uganda.

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He is the current Minister of Finance in Uganda’s Cabinet and the elected Member of Parliament for Buyanja County, Kibaale District.

Other Responsibilities

Matia Kasaija is an Ex-Officio Member of the Board of Governors (2015) at the African Development Bank (AFDB).

Also, he’s an Ex-Officio Member of the Governing Council at the East African Development Bank (EADB), 2015. 

Ex-Officio Member of the Board of Governors at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) serving in this capacity in 2015. Additionally, Kasaija is an Ex-Officio Member of the Board of Governors at the Islamic Development Bank, 2015 still.

Minister Kasaija is an Ex-Officio Member of the Board of Governors at the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) also in 2015.

Minister Kasaija as well served as Co-Chair at the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation in the year 2019.

Family 

Matia Kasaija is a married man. In his free time, he enjoys travel, swimming, reading and sports.