Gilbert Bukenya was Vice President of the Republic of Uganda from May 23, 2003 to May 24, 2011.
He was born May 8, 1949 in Lwantama, Kakiri County, Wakiso District and went through St. Savio Primary School, Kisubi; St. Mary’s College, Kisubi; St. Edward Secondary School, Bukuumi; and St. Henry’s College, Kitovu for his early education.
He graduated with a Bachelors of Medicine and Bachelors of Surgery at Makerere University in the 1970s before working briefly at Mbale Hospital as a medical officer up to 1982 when he left for Papua New Guinea.
While outside Uganda, he obtained degrees of Master of Sciences, Doctor of Sciences and Doctor of Philosophy, specializing in public health.
He returned to Uganda as a professor for medicine and was also appointed the Dean of Makerere University Medical School from 1994-1996.
He joined politics in 1996, where he became a Member of Parliament for Busiro North. He at the time was also chairman of the ruling NRM in the Buganda region.
He replaced Specioza Wandira Kazibwe as the Vice President of Uganda in 2003 and lost his Member of Parliament portfolio during the recently-concluded elections.
This report was compiled by Norman Katende.