President Yoweri Museveni has handed a three-year contract to Pius Bigirimana as permanent secretary or secretary to the Judiciary.
The new contract is effective May 2020. His last contract had expired at the end of April. The president also renewed for three years the contracts of three other permanent secretaries: Dorcas W. Okalany (ministry of Lands), Rosette Byengoma (ministry of Defence) and David O.O. Obong (ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation).
Bigirimana, a career public servant, was posted to the Judiciary on July 26, 2019, replacing Kagole Expedito Kivumbi who was sent on forced leave.
Born seventh in a family of 10 in Kisoro district, Bigirimana is a holder of two master’s degrees: MA Business Administration (ESAMI, Arusha, TZ -2010) and MA Arts in Development Administration majoring in Economic and Social Policy (Manchester, 1991).
Prior to this, he attained a post-graduate diploma in Development Administration majoring in Economic and Social Policy (Manchester, 1988) and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Public Administration (Makerere, 1983).
His work life started in his home district of Kisoro as assistant district commissioner before being transferred to Mbale. He later served as an assistant secretary/PA to the minister of Justice/Attorney General.
He was promoted to the rank of senior assistant secretary and was transferred to the ministry of Local Government, then later elevated to principal assistant secretary in the Office of the President.
He also worked as undersecretary in the ministry of Education and Sports, ministry of Defence, ministry of Public Service, and ministry of Health.
Bigirimana was first appointed permanent secretary in October 2008 and was posted to the Office of the Prime Minister where he served for five years.
He served the subsequent six years as PS for the ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, before being transferred to the Judiciary in July 2019.