Former Education Minister Rtd Maj. Jessica Rose Epel Alupo, has been appointed Vice President of Uganda as President Museveni released his new cabinet for the next five years
Maj.Rtd Jessica Alupo is now the second female vice President in the history of Uganda.
The first woman in Africa to hold the position of Vice-President of a sovereign nation and Uganda at large was Specioza Wandera Kazibwe from 18th-November 1994 to 21st-May-2003
The Retired Army Officer is also an elected Woman Member of Parliament for Katakwi District.
Ms. Alupo has replaced Mr. Edward Ssekandi who also lost his Parliamentary seat.
Mr. Ssekandi has served as Vice President for 10 years from May 24, 2011 up to 2021.
Maj. Alupo attended Apuuton Katakwi Primary School before joining Kangole Girls School for her O-Level studies.
She was later admitted at Ngora High School for A’level.
Alupo trained as a high school canteen attendant before she underwent the officer cadet course at the Uganda Junior Staff College in Jinja.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science and linguistics, obtained in 1997 from Makerere University.
Her first Master’s Degree, the Master of Arts in International Relations and Diplomacy, was also obtained from Makerere University in 2008.
She also holds a Diploma in Public Administration and Management, obtained in 2008 from the Uganda Management Institute (UMI).
Her second Master’s Degree is the Masters in Public Administration and Management, obtained in 2009, also from Makerere University.
Over the years, she has been employed in various capacities including:
As a teacher at the Katakwi High School in the town of Katakwi, Katakwi District, Eastern Region of Uganda
As an instructor at the Uganda Urban Warfare Training School, Singo, Nakaseke District, Central Region of Uganda
As an Intelligence Officer at the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence in Kampala, Uganda’s capital city.
In 2001, she entered politics as a candidate for the Katakwi District women’s representative. She ran on the ticket of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) Political Party. She won and was re-elected in 2006. In 2009, she was appointed as State Minister for Youth and Children Affairs.
In 2011, she was re-elected to her parliamentary constituency. In the cabinet reshuffle of 27 May 2011, she was promoted to the post of minister of education and sports replacing Namirembe Bitamazire, who was dropped from the cabinet.