Kategaya’s Job: Mushega At The Crossroad geneva;”>Speaking from his farm in Western Uganda, information pills Mushega told this reporter Tuesday evening he was “sick and tired of amateur journalists who all the time keep my phone busy with funny calls asking me nonsense.”

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Asked whether he was considering joining NRM, Mushega charged: “Even when you are a journalist don’t expect an answer when you are asking stupid questions.”

Pressed on whether he would accept a ministerial appointment in the ruling government, the FDC strongman, who fell out with Museveni after the President sought another term in office, hit back: “I don’t want to answer that question. I will not answer it. I cannot. And I don’t want.”

Reports in the corridors of power recently indicated Mushega had been tipped to replace departed First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for East African Community Affairs, Eriya Kategaya.


It remains unclear why Mushega is evasive on the matter.

“Go and ask the President whether he is appointing me minister. Don’t disturb me again.

Go and talk to the one who gave you that story,” said Mushega.

Reminded that journalists don’t have a direct access to the President to respond to their questions at short notice, Mushega retorted: “That’s not my business, go and ask the President.”

He immediately hung on the Corp. Two minutes later, Mushega telephoned the same Corp, asking.

“But who gave you that story? Tell me. Who is that? Then I will respond.”

Our Corp said his profession requires that sources’ identities are not divulged.

“I am in the village with my mother. So stop disturbing me. I want to enjoy my life here in the village. If you have nothing to do keep disturbing me.”

Pressed for a one-on-one when he returns to Kampala, Mushega shot back: “Please, reason like a mature person. You cannot know when I am coming back to Kampala because you are not my mother. You find out.”

Nevertheless, Mushega admits having met President Museveni at State House, Nakasero.

A few years ago, Mushega told FDC National Executive Committee (NEC) that he had indeed met Museveni but added then party President, Col Kizza Besigye, was aware of the meeting.

Having served as the Secretary General of the East African Community, from 2001 until 2006 and in other high profile positions in government, Mushega is reportedly viewed as competent enough to step in Kategaya’s shoes.


Born on 27 June 1946, in Bushenyi District, Western Uganda, Nuwe Amanya Mushega, commonly known as Amanya Mushega, is Ugandan lawyer, politician, diplomat and civil servant.


Amanya Mushega received his early education in Uganda. He attended Mbarara High School from 1963 until 1966, before transferring to Kings College Budo in 1967. In 1969, he entered the University of Dar es Salaam, to study Law.

He obtained his first degree, Bachelor of Laws (LLB), in 1972. He went on to obtain the degree of Master of Laws (LLM) from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada in 1974.

In the late 1970s, Amanya Mushega enrolled in the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program at the London School of Economics. He abandoned that program when he joined the National Resistance Movement in 1981.

Work experience

Following his graduation from the University of Dar es Salaam, he returned to Uganda in 1972 and taught in the Faculty of Law at Makerere University, as an Assistant Lecturer. After obtaining his masters degree in 1974, he became a Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at the University of Zambia in Lusaka.

He returned to Makerere University in 1979, as Lecturer and continued in that capacity until 1981.

In 1981, Mushega joined the guerrilla National Resistance Army (NRA) of Yoweri Museveni. In the NRA he served as the Chief National Political Commissar and rose to the rank of Colonel. Between 1986 and 2001, he served in various ministerial roles, in the ministries of Defence, Local Government, Education and Public Service.

During that time, he also served as Member of Parliament, representing Igara East in Bushenyi District.

In 2001, he was appointed by the East African Community Heads of State to serve a five-year term as Secretary-General of the East African Community.

Following his work in the East African Community, Mushega returned to Uganda and, along with others, he started Mushega & Associates Consultants, a private consulting firm. Following the constitutional amendment that removed presidential term limits in Uganda in 2005, Mushega, who opposed the amendment, left the National Resistance Movement (NRM) political party and joined the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC).

He currently serves as the FDC Regional Vice President (Western Uganda).

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