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James Boliba Baba is a Ugandan politician and former diplomat.


BABA, JAMES BOLIBA was born on May 10, 1945 in Arua, Uganda.


Makerere University, Uganda, 1969-1972, Bachelor of Arts (Honours). University of Nairobi, Kenya, 1974-1975, Postgrad Diploma International Rel. Spoken languages: English.


He is the current State Minister for Internal Affairs in the Ugandan Cabinet. He was appointed to that position on 27 May 2011. He replaced Matia Kasaija, who was appointed State Minister of Finance for Planning.

Prior to that, he served as the State Minister in the Office of the Vice President, from 2006 until 2011. James Baba holds the degree of Bachelor of Arts in History, from Makerere University, Uganda's oldest public university. He also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in International Relations, obtained in 1975 from the University of Nairobi.

His Master of Arts degree in Public Administration was awarded in 1993 from St. John's University in Queens, New York City. James Baba has worked as a civil servant in Uganda's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and as an Ambassador at Uganda's foreign missions. Between 1991 until 1994, he served as Uganda's Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York City.

He then served as the Director of the Africa Department, within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kampala, Uganda. Between 1998 and 2001, he served as the Director of Regional Cooperation within the Foreign Affairs Ministry. Between 2001 and 2005, James Baba served as Uganda's Ambassador to Japan.

He joined politics in 2006, by successfully contesting for the parliamentary seat of "Koboko County", Koboko District, serving as the MP until 2011. In May 2011, he was appointed State Minister or Internal Affairs. He is reported to enjoy listening to classical music, reading, exercising and volunteering within the community.


In the 2011 National election cycle, he lost during the primaries to the incumbent MP, Ahmed Awongo, also of the National Resistance Movement political party.


On account of his cabinet ministerial position, he is also an ex-officio Member of Parliament (MP).


  • Other Interests

    Reading, classical music, art.


Spouse Sheila, National of Uganda.