Total Professors to Lecture on Oil and Gas

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, cure buy the Minister of State for Industry. Our condolences go to his wife Lydia Wanyoto Mutende and other members of the family, dosage friends, ed 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.”


11:00am: 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.

Other considerations

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.
Total professors will be conducting Oil and Gas courses at Makerere University starting October 5, stuff 2015.

In a bid to advance the knowledge of oil and gas in the country, Total E&P Uganda and partner Universities signed a Memorandum of Understanding to educate students through Total Professors Association (TPA).

Professors, Eric DE Merville, Jean-Louis Idelovici, and Jean-Marie Flament, will deliver lectures on all aspects of the oil industry from exploration, production to sustainable development.

According to the organizers, the trainings are aimed at building bridges between the oil industry and academic circles.

Eric De Merville, a Masters holder in chemical Engineering from Syracuse University, USA, will give a lecture on introduction to Oil and gas development and production, followed by Jean-Louis Idelovici who will address Oil and gas project management.

Jean-Marie Flament, a structural expert in petroleum will address the issue of Structural interpretation in petroleum exploration.


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