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H.E. Ambassador Canon Francis Butagira is a Uganda diplomat and lawyer, who is active in the international political community. H.E. Butagira studied law at the University of Dar es Salaam and the School of Oriental and African Studies, and graduated Harvard University with a Master of Laws degree. Prior to his diplomatic career, he worked as a judge for the High Court and as the Chief Magistrate of Mbarara, Uganda as well as lecturing in law.
He entered the world of politics when he served the president on the European Economic Committee Assembly and the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States, followed by a position as the speaker of the Parliament between 1980 and 1985. He then became the Chairman of the Legal and Security Affairs Committee in the National Assembly of Uganda between 1989 and 1996. In 1998 he was appointed the Ambassador of Uganda to Ethiopia and a permanent representative to the Organization of African Unity (OAU). He later served as a representative for the UN Environment Programme in Nairobi and a permanent representative to the United Nations beginning in 2003. In 2010, H.E. Butagira was appointed Ambassador of Uganda to Germany.