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Museveni Appoints Ex VP Gilbert Bukenya as Presidential Advisor

President Museveni has appointed Prof. Gilbert Bukenya as the Senior Presidential Advisor on Environment and Sanitation.

This was disclosed by the State House in a statement to the media on Wednesday night.

“The Presidential Press Unit (PPU) wishes to inform the general public that H.E. the President of the Republic of Uganda, Gen. (Rtd.)  Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, has appointed H.E. Prof. Gilbert Bukenya as the Senior Presidential Advisor on Environment and Sanitation,” the statement reads.

The Ugandan politician was the seventh vice president of Uganda from May 23, 2003, until May 23, 2011.

He also represented the constituency of Busiro County North in the Ugandan Parliament.

It remains unclear why Museveni appointed the 74-year-old physician as his advisor.

The development comes against the backdrop of speculation of an impending cabinet reshuffle.

Bukenya has, in recent years, been appearing at state functions.

Museveni has been appointing former Cabinet Ministers and Vice Presidents government officials as his Senior Presidential advisors, as the position attracts the benefits of a cabinet minister.

Other elderly advisors include former Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi, former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi, former Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, and former Ministers Amelia Kyambadde, Sarah Kanyike, and Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi.

By 2023, Museveni had 139 advisors.


Bukenya returned to Uganda as a professor of medicine and was appointed dean of Makerere University School of Medicine, a position he held from 1994 until 1996.

In 1996, he entered politics and was elected Member of Parliament (MP) for the Busiro North constituency.

He also served as chairman of the National Resistance Movement’s (NRM) parliamentary caucus.

During this period, he is credited with having managed to defuse the tension that was boiling up between President Yoweri Museveni and other historical leaders of the ruling NRM.

He was chairman of the NRM in the Buganda region.

Bukenya subsequently became Minister of State for Trade and Industry before being elevated to the post of Minister of the Presidency.

He became Vice President in 2003, replacing Specioza Kazibwe, who at the time was grappling with a failed marriage.

He later stood for the post of Secretary General of the NRM and lost to Amama Mbabazi.

In May 2011, he was replaced as Vice President of Uganda by Edward Ssekandi.

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