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Bwanika was born on 1 August 1967 in modern-day Lwengo District. At that time the district was still part of Masaka District. He attended Kimwanyu Primary School, near his parents' home in Lwengo District. Later, he studied at Masaka Secondary School for his ‘O’level, and at Kigezi High School for his ‘A’ level. He was admitted to Makerere University, where he graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine. Later, he was awarded the degree of Master of Science in the same field, also from Makerere.
Following his first degree, he stayed on at Makerere as a graduate tutor, while he conducted research and pursued a second degree.In 2001, he left teaching and a private veterinary consultancy. He also opened a church, Christian Witness Church.
During the 1996 presidential elections, he supported Yoweri Museveni, but switched allegiance to Kizza Besigye in 2001. He ran as an independent candidate in the February 2006 presidential election.
He again contested the 2011 Uganda presidential elections, under the People's Development Party, which he had founded and is the current president.
Abed Bwanika is married to Gladys Namusuwe, PhD, a Fish Biologist and Lecturer in the Department of Zoology, at Makerere University. They have been married since 1995 and are the parents of three sons: Wise, Chosen and Delight.