Ugandan Presidents Academic Qualifications – 1962 Till Date

Uganda has actually taken a very long walk starting from 1962 after Britain granted the country independence. Despite that Uganda has made a great strides since 1962 it has not coast through the journey considering the years of Political maneuvering which first resulted from supporters of a centralized state vying with those in favor of a loose federation and a strong role for tribally-based local kingdoms and also several loss and restoration of Republic emanating from various insurgence (coup d’état by Idi Amin and General Olara-Okello). We are right to say that Uganda has endured 50 years of suffering however, it has made phenomenal progress in transforming her governance. Well aware of the history that has been told time and time again, we know little or nothing about the academic qualifications of these men who have come from all the country’s regions and have by their actions and inactions taken Uganda where it finds itself today. View below to see the educational background of Ugandan presidents starting from first to the current president.

Sir Edward Mutesa II (1924–1969):


Early education was conducted under private auspices and then at King’s College, Budo.

From 1943 to 1945 Mutesa studied at Makerere University College, Kampala.

In  1945 to 1948 he read history, economics, and law at Magdalene College, Cambridge University in England.

Military training in the officer training corps in England(where he joined the University Officer Training Corps and was subsequently commissioned as a captain in the Grenadier Guards)

Apollo Milton Obote (1925–2005):


Elementary education in 1940 at the Protestant Missionary School in Lira,

Gulu Junior Secondary School, Busoga College Mwiri

University at Makerere University took a general arts course, including English and geography.( He intended taking law, but was not thought by the school, so he went for gnral art course) At Makerere; he may have been expelled for participating in a student strike, or alternatively left after a place to study law abroad was not funded by the protectorate government


In 1963,  He aquired an honorary Doctor of Law from Long Island University in the United States

1964 he received the same degree from the University of Delhi, India. After this, he always styled himself “Dr.”

Idi Amin Dada (1925–2003):


Attended an Islamic school in Bombo in 1941 and he left school with nothing more than a fourth-grade English-language education after a few years,

Recruited to the army by a British colonial army officer.

Yusuf Kironde Lule (1912–1985):


Local Primary school in Mpigi

Lule attended King’s College Budo (1929-34).

Makerere University College, Kampala to education, with a specialty in Sociology (1934-36).

Fort Hare University at Alice, South Africa (1936-39).primary school in Mpigi before joining the prestigious King’s College Budo and later Makerere College to study education, with a specialty in Sociology.

Godfrey Lukongwa Binaisa (1920–2010):


Attended King’s College Budo and Makerere College.

Earned a LLB in law from King’s College London in 1955 and was called to the Bar at Lincoln’s Inn in 1956.

Paul Muwanga (1921–1991):


(No records)

Bazilio Olara-Okello ( de facto head of state of Uganda, 1929–1990))

Tito Okello Lutwa (1914–1996):

Joined Kings African Rifles (KAR), the regional colonial army at the time.

Tito Okello later joined the Uganda Army  No academic qualifications recorded).

Yoweri Kaguta Museveni (1944–)


Museveni attended Kyamate Elementary School, Mbarara High School, and Ntare School.

Attended University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. There, he studied economics and political science and became a Marxist, involving himself in radical pan-African politics.

Honorary degrees:

Humphrey School of Public Affairs United States Doctor of Laws 1994.

Mbarara University of Science and Technology Uganda Doctor of Laws 2003.

Latin University of Theology United States Doctor of Divinity 2007.

Fatih University Turkey Honorary degree 2010.

Makerere University Uganda Doctor of Laws 2010.

University of Dar es Salaam Tanzania Doctor of Literature 2011.