James Boliba Baba

Member of Parliament
Former Ambassador of Uganda to Japan
Former Minister of State government of Uganda


I have spent most of my adult life in the diplomatic service of Uganda. For 33 years I have worked in diverse countries ranging from Democratic Republic of Congo then called Zaire to Denmark and the People’s China between 1973-1986. My last postings were to the UN in New York as Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative from 1991-94 and lastly, as Ambassador to Japan, from 2001-2005 where I retired from. I promoted Uganda, made it known and appreciated, wherever I served.

In 2006, I joined elective politics and was elected Member of Parliament representing Koboko County. That same year, I was appointed Minister of State, Office of the Vice President. Again in 2011, I was appointed Minister of State for Internal Affairs and held the position until June 2016. In 2016 I was re-elected Member of Parliament representing Koboko County. I have come to find out that politics is perhaps one of the most demanding and engaging tasks of our time.

My greatest interest and overriding ambition remains serving people and promoting good relations and friendship among people. This I believe is the spirit upon which Ashinaga was founded.

Letter of Appointment

From the left, Ashinaga President Tamai and Ambassador Baba

From the left, Ashinaga USA President Okazaki and Ashinaga President Tamai and Ambassador Baba and ASHINAGA UGANDA Former Vice Executive Director Yamada

Japan decorates Hon James Boliba Baba with “Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver”

At the 2017 Autumn Conferment of Decoration by the Japanese government, Hon James Boliba Baba was awarded the “Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star” for his contribution towards restoring and strengthening bilateral relations between Japan and Uganda while serving as Ugandan Ambassador to Japan from 2001 to 2005. At that time when he was appointed as Ambassador to Japan, the relationship between the two countries was stagnant. At the decoration ceremony held at Parliament Building in Uganda on 12th June 2018, H.E. Mr. Kazuaki Kameda, the Japanese Ambassador to Uganda mentioned that Mr. Baba has been playing an important role in supporting Ugandan orphans in partnership with Ashinaga.

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