The budget for the funeral of fallen Bank of Uganda governor Prof. Emmanuel Mutebile, who died last week in Nairobi, Kenya, aged 73, is set to cost government and tax payers a total of Shs400m.
According to the breakdown of the budget seen by this website, the above money is to cater for funeral and burial expenses, which will include among others buying food and refreshments, plus allowances for funeral handlers and service providers.
Mutebile, who died after a long-time battle with diabetes is set to be buried on Sunday January 30th, 2022 at his ancestral home in Kabale District.
Reports say he was rushed to Nakasero Hospital after he collapsed at home on December 31, 2021 due to complications related to diabetes, which he has been battling for a long time. He was later flown to the Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi where he has been undergoing treatment.
Today his remains which were flown into the country on Tuesday night, were taken to Parliament to lay in state as Parliamentarians and other dignitaries appreciated the works of his life.
Meanwhile, we have established that the deceased’s widow identified as Betty Mutebile, has since asked parliament to allow her keep the official governor’s residence in Kololo, which is owned by Bank of Uganda and is supposed to be occupied by a sitting governor.
The motion was moved by Hon. Solomon Silwany and Deputy Speaker Anita Among said the request had been lodged in by Mutebile’s widow, Betty Mutebile, during the Wednesday 26 January vigil in Kololo.
It is not yet clear whether Mutebile’s family will be allowed to takeover the house because the motion has since raised a lot of controversy.
For instance, veteran journalist Timothy Bukumunhe contends that if the Mutebile family is allowed to take over the house the move will set a very bad precedent for Bank of Uganda since the house is government property.
“The house belongs to Bank of Uganda and is the official residence of the sitting Governor. Betty has to start packing her things and move back to Kabale or rent. If she keeps the house, it sets a bad precedence,” Bukumunhe tweeted Thursday afternoon.