By Vuga Innocent
The Minister of State for Finance, Planning and Economic Development in charge of planning, Hon. David Bahati has mourned the death of former Minister and economist, Dr. Kasamba Mugerwa.
Bahati, in a condolence message issued on his Twitter account on Thursday evening, said Dr. Kisamba will be remembered as a distinguished economist.
“Very sad to hear the death of Hon. Kisamba Mugerwa. He will he remembered as a
distinguished economist, a leader, an academician and a family man Who contributed immensely to development of this country .
My condolences to the family and friends .
MHSRIP,” said Bahati.
Dr. Kisamba, an agricultural economist, politician and academic, who was serving as the Chairman of the Uganda Microfinance Support Center, died on Thursday from National Referral Hospital Mulago.
Microfinance Support Center is a government-owned company established in 2001, that manages micro credit programs in Uganda, funded by the African Development Bank, Islamic Development Bank and the Ugandan government.
Immediately prior to his last position, for the ten years between 2008 and 2018, Mugerwa served as the chairman of the National Planning Authority of Uganda.
In 1980, Mugerwa contested for Member of Parliament, on the Democratic Party (Uganda) political ticket, to represent Luweero South East. He won that contest, despite being shot in the arm at one of his campaign rallies. He served out his term (1980–1985). When the National Resistance Movement took over government in 1986, Kisamba Mugerwa successfully served as the first elected Local Council 5 chairman for Luweero District (1986–1991). He was then elected as Member of Parliament representing Bamunanika County, beginning in 1991.
During the 13-year period from 1991 until 2004, Kisamba Mugerwa served as a member of the Uganda’s cabinet, at different levels, including as Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, Minister of State for Finance and Economic Planning, and as the Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry, and Fisheries. He resigned to take up an international job outside Uganda in 2004.