The burial date of the deceased Bank of Uganda Governor Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile has been shifted from Monday, January 31, 2022, to Sunday, January 30, 2022.

This was announced by Dr Chris Baryomunsi, the minister of information and national guidance.

“My condolences once again to the family of late Governor Prof Mutebile. The day of burial has changed from Monday 31.1.2022 as earlier communicated to Sunday 30.1.2022 starting at midday at Rugarama COU Cathedral in Kabale Municipality,” he announced on Monday, 24 January 2022.

Mutebile who has been struggling with ill health for some time, passed on Sunday morning at Nairobi Hospital in Kenya, according to a statement issued by Deputy Governor Michael Atingi-Ego.

Ugandans from all walks of life expressed their shock at the news describing Mutebile as one of a small group of Ugandans who will have a lasting legacy on the country’s economic sector.

 Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja said Mutebile transformed Bank of Uganda to deliver economic stability and improve living standards of Ugandans.

“Under his leadership the Bank has been able to design a monetary policy that has kept the economy stable and resilient over the past decades and even during the COVID-19 pandemic. Professor Mutebile was a dedicated civil servant who served with professionalism and total dedication,” he said.

“He was also a generous man who supported many initiatives in church, communities, education and the private sector. I am glad that in the many years of his excellent service, Professor Mutebile mentored many people and leaves behind a good legacy and example for all of us to emulate. I send my condolences to his family, relatives friends and the nation at large. May his Soul Rest in Eternal Peace,” she added.

Mutebil has served as Governor and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Bank of Uganda since 2001, and had just started a new term of office for which he was reappointed by 2021. He served as secretary to the treasury from 1992 to 2001 when he was appointed governor.

He is remembered for spearheading the design and implementation of the Economic Reform Program that restored Uganda from the economic crises of the 1970s and 1980s to sound economic performance during his service as the Permanent Secretary/Secretary to the Treasury in the ministry of finance, planning, and economic development.

He also worked as a consultant for multilateral and regional organizations including the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Macroeconomic and Financial Management Institute of East and Central Africa, UK Department for International Development, the North-South Institute in Canada, and for the governments of Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, Eritrea, and Nepal.