Bank of Uganda governor Professor Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile is dead.
Multiple sources indicate that that the long serving governor passed away at 5:30am this morning after a period of being unwell.
Mutebile according to at least three family members died in Nairobi, Kenya, where he had been receiving medical attention in the previous days.
The news of Mutebile’s passing was further confirmed by Deputy Governor Micheal Atingi-Ego.
“Mutebile died this morning at Nairobi Hospital where he had been admitted on December 31, 2021, after he collapsed due to complications related to diabetes.” Micheal said.
Several government officials have begun to comment on the passing of the governor with the Minister of Works General Katumba Wamala sending a condolence message to staff, workers of Bank of Uganda and family members of Mutebile.
Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives, David Bahati also confirmed Mutebile’s death with a condolence message, “Sad news: our elder brother and great economist Prof Emmanuel Mutebile has rested. His contribution to maintaining macro-economic stability of our economy will forever be remembered. His generous heart touched many lives.”
Signs that the best-known Bank of Uganda governor was in frail health were exhibited in March 2021, following a long stint of absence due to sickness.
A weak Mutebile, supported by aides on both ends, appeared at Parliament for vetting for another term in office following 20 years at the helm of the Central Bank.
Indeed, according to Luttamaguzi Ssemakula, the MP for Nakaseke South, “The governor was physically weak but mentally very strong”.
“I tried to inquire why the president could not appoint someone new for that position given the status he is in, my colleagues told me as long as someone can serve, there is no way you can fight him,” he added.