By Kwame Ismail Nkurunziza
Eric Kashambuzi, who was one of President Yoweri Museveni’s longtime critics, has finally breathed his last, when the man he hated most is still in power.
Announcing the death of the former diplomat, his long term friend and Blackstar publisher Milton Alimadi wrote that Kashambuzi died on Saturday in New York after a sudden illness.
Kashambuzi, who has been hosted on Voice of America’s Straight Talk Africa severally, was a regular commentator on Ugandan politics.
He has also been hosted on several Ugandan diaspora media outlets and written extensively about the Great Lakes Region.
Loved and loathed in equal measure because of his deeply polarizing writings on African tribes, the economist was known for regularly using his Facebook account to share his knowledge with thousands of followers.
Kashambuzi, who has written several books about challenges faced by developing countries, is survived by a wife and adult children.
Eric Michael Kashambuzi was born in Nyarurambi village in Rukungiri District and is a graduate of the East African University (Nairobi campus) and University of California.
According to his wife, a private vigil will be held this week in New York, after which burial arrangements will be communicated.