Hon. Simon Mulongo: Deputy Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission for Somalia – AMISOM
Mulongo was born in Bubulo Parish, Bugisu sub-region, on 26 June 1962 in a Christian family of the Bagisu. He had his primary education in his home town of Mbale and attained his PLE certification in 1978. He then attended Nkoma Senior Secondary School for his O-Level education and A-Level education, attaining a UCE certification in 1982 and a UACE certification in 1985.
Mulongo further advanced to the Institute of Accounting and Commerce (IAC) where he attained a diploma in accountancy in 1988 and became a certified public and company accountant in 1989. He then attended Fairfax University, graduating in 1992 with a Master of Business Administration.
In 2005, he graduated with an MA in Strategy/Conflict Resolution from the National Defence College, Kenya (NDCK). Additionally, he attained an MA in International Relations from the University of Nairobi in 2007.
Mulongo started his professional and political career in 1994 as a member of the Constituent Assembly that promulgated the 1995 Constitution of the Republic of Uganda. From 1996 to 2001, he was appointed by the president to serve as a resident district commissioner (RDC), representing the central government and chairing security committees in the districts of Jinja, Luwero and Hoima.
In 2001, he secured employment as a policy analyst in the Office of the President, a position he held up until 2003 when he was promoted to the role of director, strategic policy. In 2007, Mulongo became the director of Eastern Africa Standby Force Coordination Mechanism (EASFCOM) for a two year spell after which he officially joined elective politics.
In 2009, Mulongo joined elective politics on the National Resistance Movement ticket and won the 2011 general elections thereby becoming a member of the 9th Parliament representing Bubulo County East in Manafwa District. In the 9th Parliament, Mulongo served as the vice chairperson of the Committee on Defence and Internal Affairs and as a member of the Committee on Rules, Privileges and Discipline and the NRM Parliamentary Caucus.
In 2016, Mulongo failed in his reelection bid and now continues to work as a partner at Link Conflict Consultants (LICCO), a firm he co-founded in 2009 and as security analyst at EMANS Frontiers. He was appointed as Deputy Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission for Somalia – AMISOM in 2017- a position he still holds today.
Credit: #Bugisu Professionals Forum-Uganda