The Ugandan parliament on Monday, June 14 ratified the vice presidential nominee of president Yoweri Museveni.
Museveni named Jessica Alupo, a former Education Minister and retired army major as Vice President in a cabinet list released on June 8, 2021.
The president also appointed a former minister, Robinah Nabbanja, as Prime Minister, i.e. leader of government business in Parliament. She has also been passed by the parliament.
In Uganda, the vice-president is supposed to be the second in command but the role is largely seen as ceremonial given that Museveni is known to have a strong grip on power.
But who are some of the other female vice presidents on the continent?
Inonge Mutukwa Wina of Zambia
Inonge Mutukwa Wina is Zambia’s outgoing vice-president after she opted to step down as her boss Edgar Lungu seeks re-election in August 2021 elections. Lungu has meanwhile picked another woman to replace Wina.
Wina’s previous political experience includes having served as a legislator on two occasions, held ministerial positions and as leader of the ruling Patriotic Front party.
The 80-year-old community worker was appointed in 2015, replacing Guy Scott, Vice to late President Michael Sata.
Isatou Tourey of The Gambia
Over in The Gambia, President Adama Barrow has appointed two women vice presidents since he took office in 2017.
The first was Fatoumatu Jallow Tambajang who quit and was replaced by the then Tourism Minister Dr Isatou Touray.
Touray remains the Vice-President as the country heads into key elections in December 2021 as Barrow seeks re-election in what will be the first post-Jammeh elections.
Tanzania ex-VP becomes president, second woman president in Africa
In Tanzania, president Samia Suluhu Hassan was elevated to the status of president in April after her boss John Pombe Magufuli died from heart complications according to government.
Africa till Suluhu’s elevation boasted only one female president in the person of Ethiopia’s Sahle-Work Zewde. Her role is largely ceremonial because she is appointed by the Prime Minister in consultation with parliament.
Job description of the Uganda VP
The primary responsibility of the Vice President of Uganda is to be ready at a moment’s notice to assume the Presidency if the President is unable to perform his duties.
This can be because of the President’s death, resignation, or temporary incapacitation, or if the Vice President and a majority of the Cabinet judge that the President is no longer able to discharge the duties of the presidency.
The Vice-President is second in Uganda’s command chain. Below the Vice President is the Prime Minister who is Co-Coordinator of Government and Head of Cabinet in Parliament.