The family of Prof. Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile, the late governor of the Bank of Uganda (BoU), is divided in Parliament on whether to buy a house or keep their home in Kololo.
Solomon Silwany, a Bukooli Central MP, proposed the bill on the floor of parliament while the House debated Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja’s move to honor the longest-serving BoU Governor.
A motion was passed by Parliament (with a modification) to pay tribute to former Governor Mutebile.
Mutebile, 72, died on January 23rd, 2022, at Nairobi Hospital in Kenya, where he had been admitted on December 31, 2021, from diabetes and related problems. In and out of the hospital has been the previous governor.
In recent years, he has been in and out of hospitals, primarily in Uganda and India, due to diabetic-related illnesses that have resulted in kidney failure.
From 2001 to 2005, Mutebile, a seasoned economist, served as Governor and Chairman of the Bank of Uganda’s Board of Directors. Following his reappointment in 2021, he had just begun a new term of office. From 1992 until 2001, he was the Secretary of the Treasury before being appointed Governor.
Silwany, who also serves as a Parliamentary Commissioner, proposed an amendment to Nabbanja’s motion, stating that the government or the BoU obtain an adequate property for the late Mutebile’s family. The late governor has been residing at Kololo, his official residence, while his upcountry home is being renovated.
“This property or residence should be for the widow’s family.” “It is well known that the late Professor was a very honest man, and given that he served as Governor of the Bank of Uganda for a long time, the family may not know where to turn now,” said Silwany.
He explained that Mutebile did not build a large fortune like other persons who would profit from positions such as Governor.
When Deputy Speaker Anita Among questioned if the amendment by Silwany had been seconded, a group of members, mostly from the Opposition, said no.