Gov’t Speaks on Minister James Mutende Death

Doctors say Minister James Mutende died of Natural causes

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In a fatherly message to this year’s O and A level candidates, stomach President Yoweri Museveni says he trusts the seeds that have been planted in them will see a great harvest.

In his annual success message to the students who are due to sit for their exams, page President Museveni says Uganda values and looks forward to their success.

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“I want you to always know that Uganda values you all and looks forward to your success,” said Museveni.

“On behalf of your parents and on my own behalf, I send you our prayers and kind wishes. I trust that good seeds have been planted in you and will see a great harvest,” he said.

The success cards, which are sent to all schools read, “The President of the Republic of Uganda sends to all O and A level students in the country, sincere wishes of blessing and success in 2015 examinations.

UCE exams (O level) start on October 8 with a briefing and end on November 17 with technical drawing while the UACE (A level) start on November 6 with briefing till December 1, 2015 with literature.
By Duncan Abigaba

It would be unfair if Gen. Aronda Nyakairima’s contribution to mentorship and shaping of the NRA/NRM fourth generation goes unrecognized.

I say fourth generation because NRA/NRM has been evolving. The President has lately been talking about multi-generational leadership in the NRM.

It is not only in the NRM but also in the UPDF. NRM and UPDF are off springs of the NRA.

The first generation of NRA included the first FRONASA. The first 28 fighters of FRONASA to train alongside President Museveni in the northern hills of Mozambique during the FRELIMO struggle against the Portuguese rulers in the early 1970’s.

These included Maj. Gen. Fred Rwigyema, viagra approved Lt. Gen. Ivan Koreta among others.

To enhance the FRONASA ideology which was ideally democracy and socio-economic transformation of the masses, these were joined by the second generation of the NRA in the late 70’s and early 80’s.

These were mainly intellectuals from the university armed with political theories like Marxism.

These included Gen. Elly Tumwiine, Gen. Aronda Nyakairima, Lt. Col. Sam Magara among others.

The third generation of the NRA are the intellectual young turks running government, party and military business apparently.

These include Frank Tumwebaze and others in government, Justine Kasule Lumumba, Rose Namayanja and others running the party business and the likes of Brig. Muhoozi Kainerugaba, Lt. Col. Paddy Ankunda and others in the military.

So, the fourth generation includes us, the youngest turks in 20’s who have been identified and given an opportunity to serve in various portfolios in this revolutionary establishment; not by luck but because we have the ideological consciousness and we have been able to try and propagate the NRM values and principles.

Gen Aronda

Fortunately, Gen. Aronda has been closest to the fourth generation. He has been the chief of cadre identification and nurturing in this establishment.

I had an opportunity of knowing Gen. Aronda while in my second year at university.

When some of us who have been ideologically conscious from a young age teamed up into study groups at Makerere to engage in ideological debates and discussions, Gen. Aronda offered to meet us regularly for mentorship and guidance.

We had many of these interactions with the fallen General where we often discussed the history of Uganda, international politics and mostly his best area of interest; the East African integration.

Gen. Aronda was meeting and mentoring similar cells in other universities particularly Nkumba, Kampala International University, Uganda Christian University and Gulu University.

So, when majority of us graduated from university, we started having joint discussions together with colleagues from these other universities.

To enhance our thinking and build a knowledge centre, the General guided us through formation of a think tank, Foundation for Youth Mentorship (FYM). This think tank has been engaged in intellectual activities but on a small scale.

Our first major public activity would have been imparting the legacy of the man who Gen. Aronda greatly admired into the young generation.

This would have been the General Museveni Public Lecture; to review the history of President Museveni; to look at the values he has stood for; majorly nationalism, PanAfricanism, socio-economic transformation and democracy; and to find means of preserving them and imparting them into our own fourth generation. This lecture would have taken place around November this year.

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Gen. Aronda greatly admired President Museveni and his methods of work. He would often remind us that for the country to move forward, leaders must engage the populace.

He emphasized the importance of meetings. He often pointed at a flask and reminded us how President Museveni would never sleep but could take tea in such a flask and would meet people throughout the night.

A lot could be written about this man who was loved by many across the board as witnessed during this mourning period.

However, most importantly, we must cherish his values and preserve his legacy. Gen. Aronda loved his country.

He worked so hard to see progress in his country. That is why he left a mark wherever he was deployed. As Chief of Defence Forces, he eliminated ghost soldiers and professionalized the force.

As Minister for Internal Affairs, he delivered the national Identity Card, a project that had stalled for ages.

Most outstanding, he loved and wished to see the East African integration. We must therefore work hard and continue to cherish his beliefs and values.

Job 1:21, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I shall depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised.

Rest well, General Aronda!

Duncan Abigaba

The Writer is a Deputy Presidential Assistant in-charge of Research and Information.
1:53pm: Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda issues a statement in regard to Minister James Mutende’s death.

We have today learnt with deep sadness the untimely death of Dr James Shinyabulo Mutende, price the Minister of State for Industry. Our condolences go to his wife Lydia Wanyoto Mutende and other members of the family, no rx friends, drug relatives, colleagues and the people of Uganda.

Government is working with the family to obtain full details about the cause of death and to coordinate all the arrangements for burial.

We shall keep the country informed. Let us all keep the family in our thoughts during this most trying period of grief.”


11:0am: State Minister of Industry James Shinyabulo Mutende, 53, has died.

It is understood Mutende, who has been the husband of Hon Lydia Wanyoto, passed on Saturday morning.

Family members told ChimpReports that Mutende was found dead in his bed.

“We are still in shock. But we hope to get detailed information about this matter as soon as possible,” said a close relative who preferred anonymity to speak freely.

The cause of the untimely death remains unknown.

Mutende’s demise comes high on the heels of Internal Affairs Minister, Gen Aronda Nyakairima’s death last month.

In a statement, Parliament said Speaker Hon Rebecca Kadaga “regrets to announce the death of Hon. James Mutende.”

The August House said burial arrangements would be communicated later.

“Parliament extends condolences to the family, relatives and the country.”


Mutende, BVM, MBA, PhD, was a Ugandan veterinarian, economist, academic and politician.

He was appointed State Minister for industry on 27 May 2011, replacing Father Simon Lokodo, who was named State Minister for Ethics & Integrity in the Office of the President.

On account of being a cabinet minister, James Mutende was also an ex officio Member of Parliament.

He was born in Mbale, on 26 February 1962.

After attending local schools, he was admitted to Busoga College Mwiri, an all-boys boarding secondary school near Kakira in Jinja District.

He graduated from Mwiri, with the Uganda Certificate of Education in 1980 and with the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education in 1983.

In 1984 he was admitted to Makerere University to study veterinary medicine, graduating in 1988 with the degree of Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine.

In 1999, he was awarded the degree of Master of Business Administration, also by Makerere University.

Later, in 2005, he received the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Economics from New School University in New York City.


He began his career as a teaching assistant at Makerere in 1987, during his final undergraduate year, continuing in that role until 1989.

From 1989 until 1994, he worked as a manager of one the branches of then government-owned Uganda Commercial Bank.

From 1988 until 2009, he worked with the Uganda Investment Authority as an Investment Officer.

From 2003 until 2005, he pursued his doctorate in New York, while working part-time as an Assistant Professor of Economics at The New School and concurrently carrying out financial development research at the United Nations offices in New York City.

In May 2011, he was name the State Minister of Industry and Technology.

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Dr. Mutende came from a family of distinguished technocrats and politicians.

His father Michael Mutende was the first Ugandan Town Clerk of Mbale Municipality, from 1964 until 1974. His uncle James Francis Wapakhabulo was Uganda’s foreign minister at the time of his death in 2004.

Dr. Mutende, a holder of a PhD in economics, was one of the three most highly educated ministers in Museveni’s current government.


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