Meet Multifaceted Women Driving Change In Uganda’s Institutions


While attending Women’s Day celebrations at Busuubizi Core Primary Teachers’ College in Mityana district last year, the President of Uganda H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni said that women are the base of society and therefore should not be marginalized.

This is seen through the successful institutions that women head. Here is a list of some of the women women driving change in Uganda’s various institutions.

Diana Atwine

Dr. Diana Atwine, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health

She is an incumbent Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health. In 2009, she was tasked to head Medicine and Health Services Delivery Monitoring Unit, their main role was to investigate corruption in Uganda’s Health Ministry.

In June 2010, Atwine together with her team, exposed Ugandan and Kenyan officials who were involved in selling drugs across the border, she also recovered stolen drugs worth more than Shs200 million (US$60,000). They we able to arrest more than 12 people pretending to be qualified health workers.

She also discovered 300 ghost workers on the payroll of Mulago National Referral Hospital.

Jennifer Musisi

Jenifer Musisi, former Executive Director KCCA.

She is the former Executive Director of Kampala City Council Authority (KCCA). Under her leadership, the city underwent a great transformation and was reorganized by the international fraternity as one of the fastest growing urban centers in Africa.

She also introduced the Kampala City Carnival where a lot of money was solicited to rehabilitate KCCA schools, clean parts of the city and in the carnival, so many exhibitors were able to make money.

Catherine Bamugemereire

She is a Ugandan lawyer and judge who has served as a Justice of the Court of Appeal of Uganda since 2015.

Catherine Bamugemereire has chaired three ground breaking investigations in corruption matters among these include; the tribunal that examined Kampala Capital City Authority, the inquiry into the Uganda National Roads Authority and now the Commission of Inquiry into land grabbing and land wrangles in Uganda’s Land Sector.

Janet Kataha Museveni

The first lady, Janet Kataha Museveni.

She is the first lady of Uganda, the current Minister of Education and Sports, and former Minister for Karamoja Affairs.

She founded the Uganda Women’s Effort to Save Orphans (UWESO) to help women and children in need. In a letter to Daily Monitor by Prof Kanyeihamba, a retired Supreme Court judge, he describes her as a woman who focuses when discussing her beliefs and the needs of the people of this country and Africa as a whole.

Honourable Kataha has empowered the youth especially girls. She also has driven change in Karamoja in her tenure extending water services to dry areas as well as changed the Education Sector in various ways.

Rebecca Kadaga

The speaker of the Parliament of Uganda, Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga

Hon Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga is a lawyer and the speaker of the Parliament of Uganda.

Throughout her leadership, the parliament of Uganda has improved to the best. Results of a survey conducted by Research World International from March 19th to April 6th 2012 showed 62% of respondents seconded her being Uganda’s next President.

Kabale Diocese’s Rev. Fr Gaetano Batanyenda’s assessment of her as “the best woman candidate for the presidential race come 2016,” was also another huge compliment well deserved. Throughout her term, she has been a strong leader commanding change.

Specioza Wandira Kazibwe

Specioza Wandira Kazibwe, the former and first female Vice President of Uganda.

Specioza Wandira Kazibwe was the first female Vice President of Uganda, a position she held from 1994 to 2003.

She has also held positions like Chairperson Senior Women Advisory Group on Environment-Uganda, member Action for Development, past board directors Family Planning Association Uganda, member Uganda Medical Association, Uganda Women Medical Doctors’ Association, Association Surgeons East Africa.

She helped people in Busoga region out of food insecurity by discouraging them from growing sugar canes. In her tenure, she also encouraged the youth to engage in agriculture.

She has also been an advocate for women rights and for this, and in collaboration with the Organization of African Unity and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, she founded the African Women Committee on Peace and Development (AWCPD) in 1998.

Maggie Kigozi

Margaret Blick Kigozi, a doctor, business consultant and educator.

Dr Maggie Kigozi once served as the Executive Director of the Uganda Investment Authority (UIA), she is a qualified doctor.

She founded the Women Entrepreneurs Network which successfully merged business women in Uganda for greater causes. Dr. Kigozi sits on a number of boards and works with many organizations that support leadership and entrepreneurship for women and youth.

Allen Kagina

Allen Kagina, UNRA Executive Director

She is the executive director Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA).

She headed Uganda Revenue Authority for 10 years.  A few months in office (UNRA), Kagina wiped out cases of corruption in the institution. She did this by laying off close to 886 employees in and out of station and the positions were open for everyone.

Many people condemned her for this act and some former employee took the case to court. Since her time in office, UNRA has changed for the better.

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