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Ambassador Ahmed Ssenyomo Passes On

Uganda has lost Ambassador Ahmed Ssenyomo, former Deputy Head of Mission at the Uganda Embassy in Saudi Arabia.

Ssenyomo has been the Assistant Secretary General of Economic Affairs at the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Secretariat, the position he has been serving since 2018.

According to the official communication released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the death of Ambassador Ssenyomo occurred on Friday September 11 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

“As described by colleagues, friends and subordinates, Ambassador Ssenyomo was a good boss, mentor, meticulous, gentle, slow to anger, generous, great reader, smart, polished, family man, jovial, quintessential and an accomplished Diplomat,” the statement reads in part.

Life and career journey of Ahmed Ssenyomo

Ambassador Ssenyomo was born in Kyotera, Uganda in 1952. He studied languages and Simultaneous Interpretation at Al Alzar University, Cairo, Egypt receiving a BA in 1975.

Amb. Ssenyomo (first right) served a Translator, Announcer and Writer (Swahili Section) with the Egyptian Broadcasting cooperation in Cairo from 1974 to 1975

He went on to earn a MA International Relations in 1986 from the University of Kent, Canterbury, UK.

Upon graduating from Al Alzar University, Amb. Ssenyomo served as a translator, announcer and writer (Swahili Section) with the Egyptian Broadcasting Cooperation in Cairo from 1974 to 1975 and as a Teacher (Arabic and French) at Kololo High School where he also headed the Islamic Department from 1975 to 1976.

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He Joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in April 1976 as Third Secretary, Protocol Officer Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In April 1979 to November 1979, he served as Personal Assistant to the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

In November 1979 to October 1982, he served as the Third Secretary, Embassy of Uganda, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Desk Officer for Political Matters Administration and Finance. From October 1982 to August 1985, he served as the Head of Scholarship Program and Translation Unit Islamic Foundation for Science Technology and Development (IFSTAD), Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

From 2009 to 2018, Ssenyomo served as Ambassador, Deputy Head of Mission, Uganda Embassy Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

1995 to 2000, he was the Counselor and Head of Chancery Uganda Embassy Washington, DC; responsible for political matters administration, and finance. 2000 to 2003, he served as  Minister Counsellor, Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) and Head of Chancery, Uganda Embassy – Washington, DC; responsible for political matters administration, and finance.

In 2003, he was appointed as Ambassador, Chief of Protocol, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kampala, Uganda the position he served up to 2008.

From 2009 to 2018, he was the Ambassador, Deputy Head of Mission, Uganda Embassy Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

May the Almighty God rest the soul of the deceased Ambassador Ahmed Ssenyomo in eternal peace.

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