By Ivan Mwine
Fresh information that has just come in indicates that fallen Bank of Uganda (BoU) governor Prof. Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile died of COVID-19.
Mutebile, who had been BoU governor for two decades, died last Sunday at a hospital in Nairobi, Kenya, where he had been undergoing medical attention for several days.
Although earlier reports indicated that he had died as a result of a long battle with diabetes, new information coming in indicates that he actually died of COVID-19.
The shocking revelation was made Friday at Kololo by Dr Ben Mbonye, the Head of Nakasero Hospital, who told mourners that COVID-19 played a big role in the death of BOU Governor Mutebile.
Dr Mbonye said that the deceased had underlying conditions whose severity was accelerated by COVID-19, although this information had earlier on not been revealed by government on request from the family members.
It should be noted that that Mutebile’s corpse, which was supposed to lay in state at Parliament was not taken there probably because of the same reason.
According to the funeral programme the body was supposed too be taken to Kololo Independence Grounds today, Friday January 28th, 2022, for the final send-off by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and other dignified mourners who wanted to pay homage to his soul but it was taken there still due to COVID-19 restrictions.
“Paying homage to the Late Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile for his meritorious and patriotic service to this nation. I salute him! May God grant his soul eternal repose,” President Museveni said on twitter shortly after the ceremony at Kololo.