PHOTOS: Wife Recounts Hon Mutende’s Mysterious Demise

Hon. Lydia Wanyoto with her children at the memorial service at All Saints Church [Photos by Kenneth Nazibwe

The Electoral Commission has Tuesday afternoon cleared the first two candidates to run in next year’s presidential elections.

This is after the commission finalized scrutinizing nomination papers to establish authenticity of supporters’ names, page pills numbers, signatures & thumbprints appearing on forms.

The two candidates are incumbent President Yoweri Museveni who is coming on the ruling National Resistance Movement ticket, and former Prime Minister Hon Amama Mbabazi, an independent candidate.

These were found to have fulfilled all the requirements, which among others included submission of 100 signatures from each of the two thirds of the country’s districts in line with Section 10 [1] of the Presidential Elections Act (2005).

“Amama Mbabazi who is to stand as an Independent Candidate has submitted lists of supporters for his candidature for presidential elections, 2016 and the Electoral Commission has verified at least 100 supporters from each of at least two thirds of all districts in Uganda,” read part of the clearance for the former Premier.

The EC is set to clear other contestants who also successfully handed in their nomination forms, among them FDC’s Col Kizza Besigye.

The candidates according to the EC’s recently revisited roadmap are set to embark on their nationwide campaigns at the start of the November.
Thousands of mourners thronged All Saints Cathedral Nakasero in Kampala for the State Minister of Industries Dr.James Mutende’s memorial service on Tuesday.

In moving speeches, capsule many people described Mutende as a person who lived a role model life of a professional, whose death has dealt a big blow to the country.

“When I had just come to office, very energetic and tough; despite being my junior, he approached me and told me that while in a public office, one has to tone down their voice. I learnt from him to be someone you can now step on and go,” the Minister for Trade and Industry Amelia Kyambadde said.

Trade Minister Amelia Kyambadde said she was taught by the deceased to be down to earth

Trade Minister Amelia Kyambadde said she was taught by the deceased to be down to earth

“I have worked with him for the last 4 years in the ministry together with Hon. David Wakikona and what I learned most from him to be flexible,” she said, describing the deceased further hard working, modest and approachable.

NRM Secretary General Justine Kasule Lumumba said the late Mutende was a respectful person who loved peace and lived a humble life.

“When insulted, he never returned the fire. He would walk away and that would be the end. He was a seasoned politician, but much more of a professional who respected friendship,” Lumumba noted.

Lydia Wanyoto

For former EALA Member of Parliament Lydia Wanyoto was full of praises for his late husband whom she said was loving and supportive since they started dating while she was still in her S.6 vacation in the early late 1980s.

“He always supported me in whatever I did. He was there when I joined in politics while at campus .He was so instrumental while I stood for EALA in 2001 but had no experience. He gave me tips on how to make speeches while campaigning and eventually I went through, thanks to his support,” she mourned.

Hon Munyoto mourns with her children

Hon Munyoto mourns with her children

“When I got a job in Somalia with the AMISOM, he celebrated with me despite this being a tough mission. He always encouraged me to work .He has been a stabilizing factor in my life.”

For the deceased’s son, 19 year old James Wanyoto, his father was a person who always gave the family another reason to be happy.

19 year old James Mutende Jr. eulogizes his father

19 year old James Mutende Jr. eulogizes his father

“He was a giddy man who could always be relied on for anything, any day any time. It’s excruciatingly hard to take in. He always stayed true to his values and taught us the most important things in life,” James Mutende said of his late dad.

Last Moments

Hon. Lydia Wanyoto led the mourners through the last moments with her late husband before he breathed his last on Saturday at their home in Lukuli, Makindye.

“On Friday he called at around 3pm to inform me that the Bamasaba cultural leader was coming to attend the national prayers at Kololo independence grounds,”Wanyoto said.

The former EALA legislator said that her husband then joined the cultural leader while she (Wanyoto) stayed at home to prepare dinner and where the entourage would sleep before they could come back at around 1am.

Son lays a wreath

Son lays a wreath

“They had dinner and after I told him of my Saturday program that included going for the Capital Gang (talk show) before he went to bed. However at around,3 or 4 am, he went to the bathroom and vomited.”

“I asked him if he was fine and he replied in the affirmative but said he wanted to rest; I left him to sleep.”

Hon. Wanyoto said that the following morning (Saturday) at around 5:30 am she left home to see her doctor for she was not feeling well before she could return to check on him.

“I never wanted to disturb him because he looked like he had picked up sleep and I thought I would call to check on him at around 6am. I called but he was not picking up to 8am and no one was answering his phone.”

Minister James Mutende breathed his last on Saturday

Minister James Mutende breathed his last on Saturday

She said that she then left the doctor and rushed home to see what was wrong, only to find him in the quite room unresponsive.

She and the maid called for an ambulance which rushed him to Nsambya Hospital. 10 later at the Hospital she was informed that she had lost him about 30 minutes to an hour ago.

At the memorial service, in attendance was the Vice President Edward Ssekandi, Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda,Chief Justice Bart Katureebe and other dignitaries.

Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda and Vice President Edward Sekandi in attendance

Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda and Vice President Edward Sekandi in attendance


Born in February 1962 in Mbale to Michael and Florence Mutende, Hon. James Shinyabulo Mutende was the first Ugandan Town Clerk of Mbale Municipality.

He went to Busoga College Mwiri from 1976 to 1983 before graduating from Makerere University with a Bachelors Degree in Veterinary Medicine in 1988, Masters in Business Administration and PhD Economics from New School University in New York.

He is survived with 2 children Lindsay Mutende (17) and James Junior Wanyoto Mutende (19)

Burial Arrangements

Dr.Mutene’s body was later today taken to his home in Lukuli Makindye where it will spend a night for a vigil and tomorrow will lie in state for public viewing in parliament before a special session later in the August House.

On Wednesday the body will be flown to Mbale for a service at Mbale Cricket oval on Thursday before being laid to rest on Saturday.


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