Norbert Mao, the President General of the Democratic Party said Mutebile was a dedicated civil servant who cared deeply about the economy of Uganda. “... I pay tribute to him for his laser-sharp focus on growth, low inflation and stability. Amidst storms, like Christopher Columbus, he had only one command: SAIL ON,” Mao said.
Politicians from across the political divide have taken to social media
to mourn the passing of Prof. Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile, the
longest-serving Governor of the Bank of Uganda.
who has been struggling with ill health for some time, passed on this
morning at Nairobi Hospital in Kenya, according to a statement issued
earlier today by signed by Deputy Governor Michael Atingi-Ego.
after the news broke, Ugandans from all walks of life including
politicians expressed their shock at the news describing Mutebile as one
of a small group of Ugandans who will have a lasting legacy on the
country’s economic sector. Thomas Tayebwa, the government chief whip, in
a Tweet, described Mutebile as an economic giant.
gave your all to your country and you were the bedrock of monetary
policy. You have fought a good fight, you have finished the race but
above all, you kept the faith in your God and your country,” Tayebwa’s
The Deputy Speaker of Parliament Annet Anita Among also described Mutebile as an economic icon.
“The great icon of our economic journey as a country, a banking genius
and a patriot has rested. We shall hold on to his legacy of dedication
to the service of his country,” Among’s message reads in part.
Mao, the President General of the Democratic Party said Mutebile was a
dedicated civil servant who cared deeply about the economy of Uganda.
“... I pay tribute to him for his laser-sharp focus on growth, low
inflation and stability. Amidst storms, like Christopher Columbus, he
had only one command: SAIL ON,” Mao said.
Former Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda said that the passing of Governor Tumusiime-Mutebile is a huge loss to Kigezi, Uganda and Africa. "We are grateful for the great contribution he made guiding the economy, private sector development, academia, student and youth leadership in his earlier years.
journalist Charles Onyango Obbo said Mutebile, disliked by those who
were for a parasitic command economy, believed that in a free market,
they could engineer a dramatic economic recovery.
minister of health Dr Ruth Aceng eulogized Mutebile saying his works
and wisdom will never be forgotten. “It will live on for decades to
come. May God comfort your family in this trying time,” Aceng wrote on
her Twitter handle.
opposition Forum for Democratic Change political party using its
official Twitter handles also described Mutebile as a great son of
Uganda. “We have learnt of the death of the Governor Bank of Uganda
Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile. We convey our condolences to the family,
friends, staff of the bank and the country at large for the loss of the
great son of Uganda. May his soul rest in peace,” FDC’s message reads.
73, had a love-hate relationship with politicians not only in the
opposition but also in government. On various occasions, he rubbed the
politicians in parliament the wrong way by reminding them that they had
no power to sack him. In fact, one day he described it as rumblings in
parliament that would pass when MPs bade for his blood over the decision
to compensate businessman Hassan Basajjabalaba with 146 billion
Shillings over the loss of tenders in Kampala markets.
the end, it turned out that indeed the MPs resolutions were rumblings as
he has been one of the very few people who have had President
Museveni’s ear for a long time.