Minister Mutende found dead


Mutende the late

State Minister, James Mutende, is dead.

The minister died last night at his home in Makindye, and the cause of death is still unknown.

His wife Lydia Wanyoto says he was found dead on his bed Saturday morning.

Mutende, Minister of State for Industry was announced by the parliament of Uganda in a social media message.

Parliament also extended condolences to the family of the late.

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

He was appointed State Minister of Industry in the Ugandan Cabinet on 27 May 2011.

He replaced Father Simon Lokodo, who was appointed 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.

Background and education

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 comes 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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