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Implementation and Management of Uganda's Foreign Policy.


To Promote and Protect Uganda's Interests Abroad.

Role of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

To effectively coordinate foreign policy development and its implementation. 

Strategic Objectives of the Ministry 

The strategic objectives of the Foreign Policy are to:

  • promote regional and international peace and security;
  • facilitate promotion of trade and tourism; and attraction of investment and transfer of technology; 
  • facilitate mobilisation of resources from abroad for development; 
  • facilitate promotion of inter-institutional partnerships and capacity building; 
  • facilitate maximization of benefits accruing from adherence to international obligations;
  • provide protocol and consular services and protection;
  • enhance Uganda's image abroad;  and 
  • mobilise the Ugandan Diaspora for national development.  

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

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 Kutesa2005 - Present

State Ministers - International Affairs

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

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
Amb. Patrick Mugoya
2007 - 2016
2017 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.


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.


Uganda Consulate Mombasa Publishes Fourth Edition of the "Focus on the Pearl" Magazine, 17th-September 2020

The Magazine will be used as an outreach tool in explaining the role of the Ministry in fostering Economic development.

Vacancies at the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) Secretariat, 3rd-September 2020

The Secretariat of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) has re-advertised twelve vacant positions at the Secretariat

New World 5000M Record Holder, Joshua Cheptegei, Returns From Monaco, 16th-August 2020

Upon arrival, Mr. Cheptegei, said that  "This is a true fulfillment and true proof that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is still alive and that the Government is still at work even beyond Uganda's borders."
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