Just In: Aggrey Kibenge Replaces James Ebitu As New PS Ministry Of Gender, Labour & Social Dev’t

Just In: Aggrey Kibenge Replaces James Ebitu As New PS Ministry Of Gender, Labour & Social Dev’t

By Frank Kamuntu

Kampala: The Minister of Gender Labour & Social Development Hon Frank Kagyigyi Tumwebaze has today officiated the handing over of Mr James Ebitu to Mr Aggrey Kibenge as the new Permanent Secretary.

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Economist Ebitu who has only served for 2 years in the Ministry, he has been commended by Minister Tumwebaze by tweeting thus; “Happy to receive our new PS at MGLSD Mr Aggrey Kibenge,  I thank Mr James Ebitu for competently caretaking the sector for the last 2 yrs. Mr Kibenge brings to our sector great experience & understanding of social development perspectives having worked for long at the Ministry of Education.”

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About Outgoing James Ebitu

James Ebitu who has been Permanent Secretary Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development is a trained economist served as the national programme manager of the Youth Livelihood Programme.

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Ebitu also served as the livelihood specialist in the World Bank-funded Northern Uganda Social Action Fund (NUSAF) and also served as Katakwi district planner/principal economist.

He is a consultant for the World Bank on youth employment, ’’Ebitu has coordinated planning function and policy formulation processes in several government institutions.

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He offered technical assistance to the second Tanzania Social Action Fund and the Liberia Youth Employment Programme and was part of the core design teams for several social protection programmes, including the second and third NUSAF programmes.

He is an alumnus of Teso College Aloet, Makerere University, Harvard University, and the Harvard John Kennedy School of Government.

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About Aggrey Kibenge

Aggrey Kibenge was Under-Secretary at the Ministry of Education and Sports of Uganda. He has over 25 years of experience in administration, having crossed from teaching into the administrative cadre, mostly at the Ministry of Education (1993-2012 and 2016-2019).

He had a brief stint as Under-Secretary at the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities (2012) and at the Office of the Prime Minister (2012-2016) before returning to the Ministry of Education and Sports where he was serving.

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In the early years of service, Aggrey was the Education Ministry’s Focal Point for the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and a consultant for UNHCR on a programme for the promotion of environmental education in refugee schools in Northern Uganda.

Recently, he chaired the Ministry’s Task Team that developed the Education Response Plan for Refugees and Host Communities in Uganda (September 2018), and this plan was the first of its kind in Africa and the world at large.

Aggrey Kibenge holds a BA in Education and a Masters degree in Public Administration and Management.

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