KAMPALA — President Museveni has appointed former Minister of Defence Adolf Mwesige as the new Clerk to Parliament.
Mr. Mwesige, a former Member of Parliament for Bunyangabu County who had last week written to the President to consider him for either the position of chairperson or member of Uganda Human Rights Commission is
replacing Jane Kibirige, Parliament’s first female clerk.
The Clerk to Parliament provides advice and guidance to the Speaker with respect to the rules, procedures and protocol of Parliament and directs the internal management of the Service.
Mwesige holds a Bachelor of Laws from Makerere University and a diploma in legal practice from the Law Development Centre.
He also holds a diploma in international law from the Public Administration Promotion Center in Berlin, Germany and a diploma in human rights law from the United Nations Center for Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland.
Between 1992 and 1996, he worked in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as a foreign service officer responsible for legal and consular matters.
Between 1996 and 2001, he worked as the managing partner at Mwesige, Egunyu & Company Advocates, a Ugandan law firm.
He was first elected to Parliament in 1996, to represent Bunyangabu County in Kabarole District. Before 2009, Mwesige served as Minister for General Duties in the Office of the Prime Minister.
He was appointed as Minister of Local Government on 18 February 2009.
In the cabinet reshuffle of 27 May 2011, Mwesige retained his local government portfolio.
He acted as vice-chair of the Commonwealth Local Government Forum from 2011 until he was moved to the post of Minister of Defense on 6 June 2016, replacing Crispus Kiyonga, who was dropped from the cabinet.