By Norman Isaac Mwambazi
Ali Kirunda Kivejinja, who has been serving as the Second Deputy Prime Minister in the Cabinet of Uganda government, has passed away this evening Saturday, December 19, 2020 at Mulago National Referral Hospital, aged 85.
Faruk Kirunda, the deceased’s son, said his father had been admitted to Mulago for over a month when he tested positive to the deadly COVID-19 virus. Faruk said that Kivejinja had underlying medical conditions like diabetes, which made it hard for him to beat the virus.
“It’s true he is dead. He passed away at Mulago National referral Hospital.” Faruk said.
Kivejinja’s close family members have said that his body will be laid to rest in Buwabe Village, Ibulanku Sub-county in Bugweri district on a yet-to-be communicated date, and they believe the government will accord him state funeral.
Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda has spoken of Kivejinja as a Pan Africanist and repository of Uganda’s journey of economic transformation.
“We have learnt with deep sadness the passing of our elder, friend, and comrade, 2nd Deputy PM Al-hajji Ali Kirunda Kivejinja. His passing is a huge loss to the country, of a great Pan Africanist and repository of our history and journey of social, political, and Economic transformation,” Rugunda shared on his social media pages.
Prior to the announcement of Kivejinja’s passing, rumours of the same had been flying around social media in the previous weeks but government and family members had refuted them, insisting that his condition was only getting better.
Burial arrangements will be communicated in our subsequent updates as they come in from government.