By our reporter

Betty Amongi is the current cabinet Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development.

Apparently she is on spot for allegedly acquiring land fraudulently from an Asian family as well as mismanaging Land Fund.

But who is Amongi?

She was born in Oyam District, on 15 November 1975.

In 1996, she entered Makerere University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and public administration.Later in 2009, she was awarded a Master of Arts in International relations and Diplomatic studies.

Amongi was first elected to parliament in 2001. She has been re-elected in 2006, 2011 and 2016 to represent Oyam South Constituency.

In a surprise move following the 20 February 2016 presidential and parliamentary elections, President Yoweri Museveni of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) political party, named her Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, despite her affiliation to the opposition Uganda People’s Congress (UPC).

On 6 April 2013, Amongi married Jimmy Akena, the Member of Parliament for Lira Municipality and president of UPC.

Akena is the son of Milton Obote, the former president of Uganda. The traditional marriage took place in Minakulu sub-county, Oyam District and was attended by 32 members of parliament. President Yoweri Museveni, a friend of the couple, also attended the wedding.

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