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Museveni aide wins Harvard mock presidential debate


Morrison [R] receives his prize

Morrison Rwakakamba, the Special Presidential Assistant for Research and Information, has been declared winner of 2016 USA mock Presidential Debate at Harvard.

“I was today declared winner of 2016 USA mock Presidential Debate at Harvard Kennedy School. Thanks to my great debate prep team – Daniel Wagner, Ivo and Sami. Thanks Prof. Steve Jarding and judges. Been an honour,” Rwakakamba said on social media.

The aide to President Yoweri Museveni says the 2007 movie ‘Great Debaters’ when little known Wiley College defeated the Harvard University debate team in 1935, inspired his journey to Harvard.

Well, from little known Rwabihurwa Primary School in Nyeibingo, Kebisoni, Rukungiri, Rwakakamba has now risen to greater heights.

The 35-year-old researcher and politician was admitted to Harvard University, the world’s most prestigious institution of learning and networking, in March last year.

He is pursuing the Edward S. Mason Programme – the oldest international programme at the institution.

Rwakakamba is Chief Executive Officer at Agency for Transformation (AfT).

He leads the Uganda team to implement AfT theory of transformation and cultivate effective relationships with key Partners across Africa- in the interest of promoting AfT vision and objectives.

He received his first degree in Education from Makerere University, Kampala in 2003.

He later attended the School of Political Science at Makerere University where he obtained a Masters Degree in International Relations and Diplomatic Studies (IRDS) in 2006.


In 2004, Morrison joined Uganda National Farmers Federation (UNFFE) as a Research Associate and rose through ranks to become a Resident Consultant and Manager for Policy Research and Advocacy in 2007.

At the beginning of 2010, Morrison took up the position of Chief Executive Officer at Uganda National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (UNCCI), where he led initiatives to reform Uganda’s budget architecture in favour of private sector and citizens.

Morrison is a respected commentator in Uganda’s mainstream media.

His study on effectiveness of Uganda’s environmental policies was peer reviewed and published by International Journal- The Mountain Research and Development (MRD) Journal in May 2009.

He is married to Rita Rwakakamba with whom they have four kids Valerie Kobusingye and Melisa Karungi and twins Morgan Rwakakamba and Maguire Rwakakamba.



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