Former minister Henry Kyemba has sadly succumbed to complications related to diabetes at the age of 84, as confirmed by a family member.
Mr. Christopher Katagwa, a nephew of Mr. Kyemba, shared that the former minister passed away on Wednesday evening in Namugongo, a suburb of Kampala City, where he had been residing under the care of his eldest daughter, Ms. Susan Kyemba.
“Mr. Kyemba had been grappling with diabetes for a considerable part of his life, and his health had deteriorated recently, leading to his reduced public appearances,” stated Mr. Katagwa during a brief telephone interview on Thursday morning.
Mr. Katagwa further mentioned that Mr. Kyemba was the youngest of seven brothers born to the late Mzeeyi Suleiman Kisadha, a colonial chief in Mayuge District, and Sasana Babirizangawo.
Regarding the funeral arrangements, Mr. Katagwa explained that they would be communicated in due course.
However, it has been confirmed that Henry Kyemba will be laid to rest at the family’s burial grounds located in Wanyama Village, Bugembe Ward, Jinja North Division, Jinja City.
Henry Kyemba held various prominent positions during his career, including serving as the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Culture in 1972.
He also held the position of Minister of Health during President Idi Amin’s regime, served as the Principal Private Secretary to President Milton Obote, and worked as the State Minister for Animal Husbandry in the early years of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) regime, among other roles.