5 January 2014

Uganda: Museveni's 100 Advisors Revealed

Top-tier presidential advisors whose number grew to 100 last year, can earn Shs 2.6m to Shs 3m a month for advising on such mundane things as a village, a parish, a diocese or valley dams, a review of their jobs docket shows.

Some of the advisors on the list have no job description while others are performing duplicate roles. The list of President Museveni's advisors and assistants grew from 82 in 2012 to more than 100 in 2013 with the appointment of Alison Byamukama last October as an advisor on the western district of Buhweju.

She got the job after pulling out of the Buhweju Woman MP by-election in favour of NRM's Oliver Koyekyenga at the urging of the president. Shortly before Byamukama's appointment, the minister for the Presidency, Frank Tumwebaze, had tabled before Parliament a list of 99 presidential advisors and assistants whose annual wage bill is more than Shs 2.7bn, excluding other entitlements such as a vehicle, a driver, armed escort and an office.

The list reveals some eye-catching facts. Jenipher Twebaze Musooke, who holds a bachelor's degree in Education and a master's in Literature as well as a certificate in film production, is Museveni's advisor on the affairs of Ruharo, a model ward located in Bushenyi-Ishaka municipality.

John Bituguramye, who holds a primary school teaching certificate, earns an extra Shs 100,000 to advise the president on the affairs of Kigezi diocese. Ignatius Begumisa Katetegwire, an advisor on valley dams and veterinary services, is paid Shs 2.23m a month to do the same work as former minister for the Presidency Beatrice Wabudeya, Dr Samuel Byagagaire and Dr John Rick Akeny (all advisors on veterinary services).

Former Prime Minister Kintu Musoke leads the pack of Museveni's 26 advisors on political affairs. Others include NRM's deputy Electoral Commission chairman Dr Elijah Dickens Mushemeza. Besides John Nagenda, a senior presidential advisor on the media and public relations, the president gets advice on the same issue from Lawrence Laury Ocen and Sarah Kagingo.

The president also has two advisors on cultural affairs besides retaining cultural advisors on different regions. For instance, he has two advisors on Buganda Affairs, an advisor on Acholi, Lango, Rwenzori, Western, and South Western.

The retired bishop of Ankole diocese, Dr George Tibeesigwa, advises the president on the south-western region.

Vague roles:

After he lost his re-election bid for the Rakai district chair, Vincent Semakula Ssettuba, lobbied the president for a job, and when it finally came, he had been appointed a presidential advisor on former district chairpersons in Buganda region.

However, Semakula wasn't confirmed in the job until last July when he received his first salary. Surprisingly, he does not know his specific roles and duty station to date.

Semakula and former minister Isaac Musumba appear on the list as senior presidential advisors. They are part of a group of seven senior presidential advisors for special duties.

The others are, former German Ambassador to Uganda Klaus Holderbaum (who is the highest paid at Shs 7m), former Obote II Security minister Chris Rwakasisi, Gertrude Njuba, Dorothy Samali and Amos Amis Makumbi.

"I have previously questioned the authenticity of those advisors. Some of them are illegally occupying those positions because by virtue of their appointment, they are civil servants who should not take part in partisan politics," says Masaka Municipality MP Mathias Mpuuga, shadow minister for the Presidency and Anti-corruption.

However, according to Attorney General Peter Nyombi, the president is given vast powers in the Constitution to appoint people with whom to run the government.

"Besides the cabinet, the Constitution gives the president a lot of powers to appoint people with whom he can run the government. It does not give the specifics of their qualities," Nyombi said in an interview on Saturday.

But Mpuuga argues that the president has abused this mandate. He said Museveni uses such appointments as an avenue to find employment for NRM cadres. It is noticeable that some of the advisors are political figures who fell out of favour with voters. Presumably, the president feels the need to give them a 'retirement' package.

"Yes, we understand the need to give something to eat to his henchmen but it is unacceptable for him to use public funds to satisfy his cadres," Mpuuga said.

"There is a need for Parliament to come up with a mechanism to compel the president to have a limited number of advisors because every unemployed NRM cadre is likely to be appointed an advisor," he added.

See full list of advisors:


Name Position Gross monthly salary (Shs)

1. Gertrude Njuba Ass. S Pr Advisor /Special Duties


2. Tom Kayongo

Ass. Pres. Advisor/ Buganda Matters


3. Watuwa Ntaamo S Asst. Senior Pres. Advisor /Political Affairs 2,260,140

4. Winnie Twine Deputy Pres. Advisor /Markets 2,271,165

5. Ignatius Begumisa Katetegwire Deputy Special Pres Asst/Valley Dams & Vet 2,232,570

6. Margaret Nakidde K. Sekyewa Deputy Spec Pr Asst/Political Affairs


7. Christine Muhindo Deputy Spec Pr Asst Rwenzori Affairs 2,290,455

8. Hajati Anuna Omari Deputy Spec Pr Asst/Political Affairs


9. Sabila Salimo

Deputy Spec Pr Asst/Political Affairs 2,232,570

10. John Bituguramye

Pres Advisor /Kigezi Diocese 2,290,455

11. Maj Gen Joshua Masaba

Presidential Advisor /Air Force Matters 2,279,439

12. Princess Edith Bagaya

Presidential Advisor /Cultural Issues


13. Prince David Alexander Simbwa

Presidential Advisor /Foreign Affairs


14. Godfrey Kazibwe

Presidential Advisor /Luweero Triangle Matters 2,279,439

15. Godfrey Kayongo Nkajja Presidential Advisor /markets 2,279,439

16. John Wekesa Wambogo

Presidential Advisor on Youth Affairs


17. Peterson Nyombi Nekemiya

Presidential Advisor /Agricultural Matters


18. Prof. Timothy Wangusa Presidential Advisor /Literary 2,279,439

19. Pharez Katamba

Presidential Advisor /Luwero 2,279,439

20. Elijah Mushemeza Dickens

Presidential Advisor /Political Affairs


21. Mary Kawuma Presidential Advisor /Political Affairs 2,600,000

22. Dorothy Kiyimba Kisaka

Presidential Advisor /Political Affairs


23. George Sikubwabo Kyeyune

Presidential Advisor /Political Affairs 2,290,455

24. Brig Kasirye Gwanga

Presidential Advisor /Security Buganda Region


25. Al Haji Sajabi Tezikuba

Presidential Advisor /Trade & Commerce 2,279,439

26. Francis Mwebesa

Presidential Advisor/Political Affairs


27. Yowasi Makaaru

Senior Pres. Advisor/Legal Matters


28. Godfrey Kiwanuka Senior Pres Advisor/decentralization


29. Karazarwe Wycliffe

Senior Pres Advisor /Local Govt 2,290,455

30. Kigyagi Arimpa

Senior Pres. Advisor /Environment 2,290,455

31. Moses Kizige Senior Pres Advisor /Foreign Affairs


32. Maj Roland Kakooza Mutale Senior Pres Advisor /Political Affairs


33. Yekoyada Nuwagaba

Senior Pres Advisor /Political Affairs


34. Badru Wegulo

Senior Pres Advisor /Political Affairs 2,290,455

35. Osinde Wangwar Senior Pres Advisor /Political Affairs 2,290,455

36. Prof Edward B. Rugumayo Senior Pres Advisor /Political Affairs 2,600,000

37. Steven H. Bamwanga Senior Pres Advisor /Political Affairs 2,290,455

38. Amos Amis Makumbi

Senior Pres Advisor /Special Duties


39. Margaret Baryehuki

Senior Pres Advisor /Political Affairs


40. Dr.Kamuhangire Rwumo Senior Pres Advisor /Cultural Affairs


41. Dorothy Nasolo

Senior Pres Advisor /Gen Duties 2,290,455

42. Gerald Sendaula Senior pres /Financial Affairs 2,290,455

43. John Nagenda Senior Pres /Press & PR 2,290,455

44. Apollo Nsibambi Senior Pres Advisor


45. Dr John Joseph Otim Senior Pres Advisor /Agriculture 2,290,439

46. Major Gen Ali Kiiza Senior Pres Advisor /Air Force 2,290,455

47. Dorah Kibende Senior Pres Advisor /Anti- corruption 2,600,000

48. Prof Tibamanya M. Mushanga Senior Pres Advisor /Inter. Affairs


49. Maj Gen Joram Mugume

Senior Pres Advisor /Military Affairs 2,290,455

50. Richard Muhinda

Senior Pres Advisor /Public Service


51. BP George Tibeesigwa Senior Pres Advisor /S.West Region 2,290,455

52. Robert Ssebunya Senior Pres Advisor/Buganda Matters


53. Amb Arsene Balihuta Senior Pres Advisor/Public Private Partnership


54. Dorothy Samali

Senior Pres Advisor /special duties


55. Amb Tomusange J Senior Pres Advisor


56. Vincent Ssemakula

Senior Pres Advisor


57. Gen David Sejusa Senior Pres Advisor /Coordinator ISO & ESO


58. Dr Jesse Kagimba Senior Pres Advisor /HIV-AIDS 2,290,455

59. Franco Ojur Senior Pres Advisor /Lango Region 2,600,000

60. Kintu Musoke Senior Pres Advisor /Political Affairs


61. Chris Rwakasisi

Senior Pres Advisor /Special Duties


62. Dr Beatrice Wabudeya

Senior Pres Advisor /Vet. Services 2,600,000

63. John Emily Otekat

Senior Pres Advisor /Wildlife


64. Lawrence Laury Ocen

Senior Pres Advisor Media Mgt 2,290,455

65. Tereza Mbiire Senior Pres Advisor/Cultural Matters


66. Prince Besweri Mulondo Senior Pres Advisor/Land Matter


67. Francis Bantinti

Senior Pres Advisor /Political Affairs


68. Dr Specioza Wadira Kazibwe Senior Pres Advisor/Pop. Health


69. Lillian Abalo Ongom

Senior Pres/Acholi


70. Klaus E.P Holderbaum Senior Pres/Special Duties


71. Isaac Musumba

Senior Pres Advisor


72. Gen Caleb Akandwanaho Senior Pres Advisor /Defence 2,600,000

73. Dr Ham Mulira Mukasa Senior Pres Advisor (ICT) 2,600,000

74. Dr Ezra Suruma Sabiiti Senior Pres Advisor /Finance &Econ. Planning


75. Major Jacob Assimwe Special Pres .Asst /NRM Civilian Veterans 2,260,140

78. Jenipher Twebaze Musooke

Special Pres .Asst /Ruharo Matters 2,279,439

79. Stephen Okuluma Special Pres Asst/Political Affairs


80. Nadduli Kibaale

Special Pres .Asst/Political Affairs 2,260,140

81. Betty Nalima Special Pres .Asst/Political Affairs 2,260,140

82. Santa Oketta

Special Pres .Asst/Political Mobilization


83. Mohammed Mayanja Sadik

Special Pres .Asst/RDC's Office 2,260,140

84. Sichon Nambale Bob

Special Pres .Asst/Special Duties


85. Dr John Rick Akeny

Special Pres .Asst/Veterinary 2,260,140

86. Emmanuel Kafuniza

Special Pres .Asst/western Region


87. Kakooza Mutale Special Pres. Advisor/Political Affairs 2,260,140

88. Charles Kwesiga

Special Pres Asst /Political Affairs


89. Godfrey Mwijakubi

Special Pres Asst /Political Affairs 2,260,140

90. Alex Kyawe Katega Special Pres Asst/Political Affairs


91. Prof Lwanga Lunyiigo

Special Pres Asst/Research 2,260,140

92. Henry Rwigyemera

Special Pres Asst/Security Matters


93. Resty Nakayenga Kiguli Special Pres Asst/ Underprivileged Youth


94. Dr Samuel Byagagaire

Special Pres Asst/Veterinary


95. Levi Okodi Macpio

Special Pr Asst/Political Affairs Lango


96. Hajji Edrisa Ssedunga Special Presidential Advisor/Veterans 2,260,140

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