Know your commissioners

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Added 08 August 2015

This is a list of commissioners

Know your commissioners

EC chairman, Eng Badru Kiggundu

Badru Kiggundu (chairperson)

He graduated with a first degree in engineering in 1969, got a masters in 1971 from  Carnegie-Mellon University USA before completing his PhD a decade later at University of New Mexico USA. He is a Geotechnical/Bituminous materials specialist. He was Associate Professor, head of Department, Civil Engineering and later Dean of Faculty of Technology at Makerere University. He has held chairmanship of several conferences on Earthquake disaster preparedness and Engineering in Uganda. He has been a consultant on various road works rehabilitation projects. He has authored an excess of 50 publications. He became EC chairman in November 2002 and oversees the Near East districts.

 lectoral ommission eputy chairperson oseph iribonwa left and commissionerom uruku addressing a news conference Electoral Commission Deputy chairperson, Joseph Biribonwa (left) and commissioner,Tom Buruku addressing a news conference.

Joseph Biribonwa (deputy chairperson)

He is a graduate of commerce from Nairobi University with over 35 years’ experience in commercial management of public enterprises. He worked at Export and Import Corporation, State Trading Corporation, Uganda Hardwares Ltd, Uganda Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Uganda Electricity Board and Electoral Commission before being appointed to the EC in 2002. He chaired the Crank Bank board and that of Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort Ltd. He is a retired Speaker of Bunyoro Kingdom, and a member/past President of the Rotary Club of Kololo. He is in charge of Central North Region.

Tom Buruku (Commissioner)

Mr Buruku has served in senior management and diplomatic service for over 35 years. He has a law degree from Dar es Salaam. He held various positions in the British American Tobacco Company between 1968-1980. He then worked as the secretary general, Uganda Red Cross from 1985-1990. Between 1991-1997, he moved to Geneva, Switzerland where he worked as the director for the Africa Department of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. He also served as head of delegation of the International Federation of Red Cross in South Africa and Sierra Leone. He served as consul of Ghana to Uganda and is commissioner in charge of Far East Region.
 

 r enny  kello holds a  of rts degree in rench and nglish from akerere niversity with a  inguistics from ndiana university 

Dr Jenny B. Okello (Commissioner) 

She is one of the two female commissioners. Dr Jenny B. Okello holds a BA of Arts degree in French and English from Makerere University, with a PHD (Linguistics) from Indiana University, Bloomington Indiana, USA. She lectured at the University of Ghana, Legon University of Ife (later renamed Obafemi Awolowo University) Nigeria and Makerere University. She later worked for African Textile Mills as Personnel/Administration Manager and Government Central Purchasing Corporation as Personnel/Training manager. Dr Okello is in Charge of Central South region.

 Stephen Ongaria (Commissioner)

Before appointment to the commission, he was a politician, representing Tororo Municipality in Parliament for about 20 years. Before that, he had worked as a general manager for various parastatals including Uganda Rayon Textiles Manufacturers Ltd, Uganda Spinning Mill Ltd. Lira, Pamba (Mulco) Textiles Ltd in Jinja, Uganda Bags and Hessian Mill Ltd. With a higher diploma in textile technology from the UK, he was one of the directors of the National Transport Licensing Board and Kinyara Sugar Works Limited. He is in charge of the North Region.
 

Mugabi Justine Ahabwe (Commissioner)

The second women on the EC, she is a professional teacher, holding a Bachelor of Education degree in English Language and Literature from Makerere University, and a Diploma in Secondary Education from National Teachers' College Kabale. She has 18 years of experience in teaching, rising to position of director of studies. She is an ardent girl guide and was once a Girl Guides District Commissioner for Rukungiri District. She oversees the mid-west region.
 

Sam Rwakoojo (Secretary to the commission)

As the secretary to the commission, Rwakoojo is the accounting officer and in charge of the day-to-day running of the commission. He is a graduate of Mc Pherson College, Kansas USA where he got a BA in Accounting and Economics. He worked in the US as an accountant before joining the Joint Clinical Research Center in Uganda as Financial Controller. In 1996 he was elected Member of Parliament to represent Rwemiyaga County in Sembabule District. He also served as Chairman on the Finance, Economic Planning and Development Sessional Committee 1996, and a member on the Defence and Internal Affairs Sessional Committee. He was a member of the standing Committee on the National Economy for Five years. He was appointed EC secretary in 2002 and his contract renewed in 2009.

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