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Kirunda Kivejinja Succumbs to COVID-19

The Second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of East African Affairs in the Ugandan Cabinet, Ali Kirunda Kivejinja, is dead.

He was 85. 

Kivejinja, a veteran Ugandan politician and senior presidential advisor to President Museveni, succumbed to COVID-19 this Saturday evening at Mulago National Referral Hospital where he was admitted in November.

A family source confirmed to ChimpReports that Kivejinja passed away at 5:00pm.

Information Minister Judith Nabakooba recently dismissed reports that Kivejinja was dead, saying he was “in ICU under care. His blood pressure and sugars are under control.”

She, however Tweeted this evening: “He was a true patriot,a mentor to many and a great man for those that had a chance to interact with him. @GovUganda and @NRMOnline stand with Alhaji Kirunda Kivejinja’s in this time of need.”

Kivejinja previously served as the Minister for Relief and Social Rehabilitation, Internal Affairs and as Deputy Prime Minister of Uganda.

Education

Kivejinja studied at the Kibuli Junior School and Busoga College Mwiri in Uganda and then took a pre-university course at Madras Christian College before obtaining a Bachelor of Science (Honours) Degree in Zoology at Delhi University on a Government of India scholarship.

While in India he was treasurer of the African Students Association which had among its members Bingu wa Mutharika, John Malecela and John Mataure.

Political career

Kivejinja returned to Uganda in 1962. During the 1960s he served a political mobilizer for the Uganda People’s Congress, the ruling political party at that time. Since the overthrow of the second Milton Obote regime in 1986, Kivejinja has served in several positions in the government led by President Yoweri Museveni.

In 1986, he was appointed Minister of Relief and Social Rehabilitation.

He has since served as Minister of Internal Affairs and Third Deputy Prime Minister of Uganda.

Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda Tweeted: “We have learnt with deep sadness the passing on of our elder, friend and comrade, 2nd Deputy PM Alhajji Ali Kirunda Kivejinja.”

He added: “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.”

On 6 June 2016, he was named as the new Second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for East African Affairs in the new Cabinet announced that day.

Books

Kivejinja is the author of Uganda: The Crisis of Confidence, a book about Uganda’s political history.

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