About Us

Mission

To Promote and Protect Uganda's Interests Abroad.

Vision

A Secure Nation with Prosperous People

Mandate

Implementation and Management of Uganda's Foreign Policy.

History of the Ministry

The history of Ministry of Foreign Affairs dates just before independence in 1962 and from 9th October 1962-1966, when it was under the office of the Prime Minister.

Below is the chart showing Foreign Ministers, Ministers of State for both Regional and International Affairs as well as the Permanent Secretaries since Uganda's Independence to date.

Ministers of Foreign Affairs

NameYear
Milton Obote1962 - 1966
Sam Odaka1966 - 1971
Wanume Kibedi1971 - 1973
Elizabeth Bagaya1974 - 1975
Michael Ondoga1975
Gen Idi Amin Dada1975
Juma Oris1975 - 1978
Otema Allimadi1979 - 1980
Olara Otunnu1985 - 1986
Ibrahim Mukiibi1988 - 1987
Paul K. Semwogerere1988 - 1994
Ruhakana Rugunda1994 - 1996
Eriya Kategaya1996 - 2001
James Wapakabulo2001 - 2003
Tom Butime2004 - 2005
Sam Kuteesa2005 - Present

State Ministers - International Affairs

NameYear
Paul Etiang1975
Albert Picho Owiny1980 - 1985
Tarsis Kabwegyere1987 - 1991
Kirunda Kivejinja1991 - 1994
Martin Aliker1994 - 1996
Owiny Dolo1996 - 1998
Khiddu Makubuya1998 - 1999
Alfred Mubanda1999 - 2001
Tom Butime2001 - 2005
Okello Oryem2005 - to date

State Ministers - Regional Affairs

NameYear
Omara Atubo1988 - 1991
Bert Katurebe1991 - 1993
Agard Didi1993 - 1996
Rebecca Kadaga1996 - 1998
Ruhakana Rugunda1998 - 1999
Amama Mbabazi1999 - 2001
Kahinda Otafire2001 - 2003
Augustine Nshimye2003 - 2006
Isaac Musumba2006 - 2011
Asumani Kiyingi2011 - 2014
Dr Philemon Mateke2014 - to date


Permanent Secretaries

Name Year
Richard Posnet 1962 - 1963
Zerubaberi Bigirwenkya 1963 - 1964
Sam Baingana 1964 - 1971
Amb. Paul Etiang 1971 - 1973
Amb. Matia Lubega 1975 - 1976
Amb. John Ntimba 1977 - 1978
Amb. Mark Ofwono 1979 - 1981
Amb. John B Moli 1981 - 1985
Amb. Francis Kasirye 1985 - 1987
Joshua Kyalimpa 1987 - 1988
Amb. Ernest Rusiita 1988 - 1992
Amb. Nathan Odoi 1992 - 1994
Amb. Daudi Taliwaku 1994
Amb. Chris Katsigazi 1994 - 1996
Amb. Stephen Nabeta 1996 - 1998
Ralph Ochan 1998 - 2003
Amb. John Kityo Bakayana 2003 - 2004
Amb. Julius Onen 2004 - 2006
Amb. James Mugume 2007 - to date


With time , it was observed that the rapidly changing international economic and political environments made it imperative that the country realign its foreign policy to fit in the new world order. The changes in the international environment have been in the areas of demography; innovation; new media and social networks; environment (climate change); high demand for scarce resources; and changing nature of conflicts and insecurity. These changes provide Uganda with challenges and opportunities.

Moreover, both domestic and international economic and social political shifts in the eighties and nineties necessitated the revision of foreign policy and as a consequence the redefinition of the Ministry's roles and functions including emphasis from Political to economic diplomacy. All this combined require redefining and reviewing Uganda's foreign Policy which is currently ongoing.


In order to achieve the national interests and realise the national vision both in the medium and long term, the revised framework has identified Foreign Policy Priorities that the country must pursue. The identified priorities include: National Security (Regional and International Peace and Security, Regional Integration, compliance with International Law and International Human Rights obligations, and provision of Protocol and Consular Services); National Prosperity (mobilisation of the Diaspora for development, Oil and Gas Diplomacy, and Economic Diplomacy); and national well being (Public Diplomacy, and institution and capacity building).


The framework also makes proposals including; financing foreign policy, enactment of a Foreign Policy Act. It also proposes new structure of MoFA, International Political and Economic Coordination Mechanisms of Foreign Policy.


CURRENT MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and its Missions abroad have and continue to implement Uganda¡¯s Foreign Policy through: Promoting Regional and International Peace and Security; Commercial Diplomacy; Regional Integration; Implementing and Reporting Obligations on International Treaties and Conventions; Mobilizing Bilateral and Multilateral Resources for Development; Providing Protocol and Consular services to Ugandans and Foreign dignitaries as well as enhancing Uganda¡¯s image abroad through Public Diplomacy.

Highlights

AMBASSADOR RICHARD KABONERO TUMUSIME PRESENTS CREDENTIALS TO H.E. JOHN JOSEPH POMBE MAGUFULI, 1st-August 2017

Amb. Richard Kabonero Tumusiime, the new High Commissioner of the Republic of Uganda to Tanzania presented his Letters of Credence to H.E. John Joseph Pombe Magufuli, President of the United Republic of Tanzani at State House, Dar-es-Salaam.

HON. OKELLO ORYEM OPENS THE INDUCTION/ORIENTATION FOR THE NEWLY APPOINTED AMBASSADORS, 10th-July 2017

The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs/ International Affairs, Hon. Okello Oryem today 10th July 10, 2017 officially opened the induction and orientation program for newly appointed Heads of Missions and their Deputies at the Civil Service College in Jinja.

 

 

OPENING REMARKS BY H.E. YOWERI KAGUTA MUSEVENI ON UGANDA SOLIDARITY SUMMIT ON REFUGEES, 26th-June 2017

I greet you and welcome you to Uganda. We are happy that you decided to hold this big Conference on Refugees here in Uganda.
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