Hon. Sam Cheptoris

Minister of Water and Environment

Hon. Cheptoris Sam Mangusho

Place of Birth: Kapchorwa District, Uganda

Nationality: Ugandan

Occupation: Educator and Politician

Years Active: 1975 present

Education: University of Nairobi (Bachelor of Arts)

                   Makerere University (Post Graduate Diploma in Education)

                                                   (Masters of Education)

Sam Cheptoris is a Ugandan politician. He is the Cabinet Minister of Water and Environment in the Cabinet of Uganda. He was appointed to that position on 6 June 2016.  

Background and education

Sam Cheptoris was born in present-day Kapchorwa District. He studied at Nabumali High School, before attending the University of Nairobi where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts. Later, he studied at Makerere University, graduating first with a Postgraduate Diploma in Education and later with a Master of Education.

Academic career

In 1975, after his undergraduate studies in Nairobi, Cheptoris served as a teacher of English and English Literature at Sebei College, Tegeres. Between 1978 and 1981, he served as deputy head teacher at the same school. After brief stints at Comboni College and at Gamatui Girls School, he came back to Sebei College as Headmaster in 1998. He retired from academics in 2009.

Political career

In 2011 Cheptoris won the Kapchorwa District LC5 position on the National Resistance Movement (NRM) political party ticket. After one five-year term, he successfully contested for the newly created Kapchorwa Municipality constituency in the Parliament of Uganda. On 6 June 2016, he was appointed as Cabinet Minister of Water and Environment to date.

Business interests

Cheptoris is the proprietor of

(a) Kapchrowa Standard Academy, a secondary school in Kapchorwa District

(b) Cheminy Standard Academy, a secondary school in neighboring Kween District.