Abed Bwanika combines different backgrounds into one fold. He is veterinarian, politician and pastor. The 48-year-old is the president of the People’s Development Party.
He hails from Lwengo district and attended Kimwanyu Primary School, Masaka Secondary School and at Kigezi High School before proceeding to Makerere University where he pursued Veterinary Medicine. He was later awarded the degree of Master of Science in the same field, from the same university.
After his first degree, he stayed at Makerere University as a graduate tutor, while he conducted research and pursued a second degree. In 2001, he left teaching and opened a church, Christian Witness Church.
During the 1996 presidential elections, he supported Yoweri Museveni, but switched allegiance to Kizza Besigye in 2001. He ran as an independent candidate in the February 2006 presidential election, where he garnered 65,874 votes (0.95%).
Despite his numerous appearances in public and in the media, he got 14,000 votes less when he contested again in the 2011 elections compared to what he had got in 2006.
Abed Bwanika is married to Gladys Namusuwe, a fish biologist and lecturer in the Department of Zoology at Makerere University. The have been married since 1995 and have three sons; Wise, Chosen and Delight.