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KABALE: Grief, Anger at Murumba Memorial Service

State Minister for Health, website Chris Baryomunsi has commended the National Drug Authority (NDA) for the tremendous work done in ensuring constant enough supply of drugs and pharmaceuticals in the country.

In a board meeting at NDA headquarters in Kampala, check Baryomunsi said the Authority had toiled to ensure that drugs on the market consumed by both human beings and animals are thoroughly tested inspected and safe.

Baryomunsi observed that the ministry is seeking to amend the National Drug Authority Act to incorporate food safety in the country due to the increased food borne diseases.

This comes at a time when Uganda is marking the World Health Day in Agago district under the theme; Food Safety for good health.

“The mandate of NDA is currently to regulate drugs and pharmaceuticals for human consumption and veterinary but we are currently in the process to extend its mandate to handle food safety in the country. It will thus become the National Drug and Food Authority,” he said.


Hundreds of mourners on Thursday gathered at Rushoroza Cathedral in Kabale Municipality to pay their last respects to departed 50-year-old lawyer, ampoule Wilfred Murumba.

The grief-stricken relatives and friends of the Kabale-based advocate, clinic who died under mysterious circumstances on Tuesday afternoon at Kampala Hospital, said they are eagerly waiting for a post-mortem report on what killed Murumba.


FDC iron-lady Ingrid Turinawe said Murumba succumbed to multiple organ failure, raising raising speculation that the lawyer who represented opposition activists in a series of political cases, could have been poisoned.

But Kabale Municipality Mayor, Pius Ruhemurana urged calm, saying the truth will eventually emerge

“The death of Mulumba was so fast. We hope the medical report will be conclusive or else we are suspicious,” he noted.

A family member only identified as Mugumya, said, “Our son died because the liver and kidney were no longer responsive.”

She added: “It is our prayer that we wait for the post-mortem report so we can be spared of bad thoughts.”

ChimpReports on Tuesday morning broke the news that Murumba was admitted in critical condition at Kampala Hospital in Kololo after being transferred from Mulago Referral Hospital.

A close family member told this website that Murumba complained of “severe stomach complications” and that a “spot” had been found on his liver.

Dr Besigye’s sister, Dr Olive Kobusingye was in the final preparations of evacuating Murumba to Nairobi Hospital for specialised treatment.

On his part, Dr Kizza Besigye condemned what he described as Uganda’s deteriorating health system.

He said Mulago hospital and other medical facilities are poorly equipped, a reason he supports the exportation of doctors to Trinidad and Tobago “because doctors there can get gloves and other logistics to use.”

Besigye also spoke about the mystery shrouding Murumba’s death, saying, “It is hard to conclusively tell what killed Mulumba.”

He, however called for an end of “hatred in our society because we should all feel free and comfortable in our country.”

Church leaders hailed Murumba for upholding justice and fighting for respect of human rights.

Born on 30/4/1965 at Bwegerere Village, Nyaruhanga Parish, Ikumba Sub-county, Kabale District, the deceased had four children.

Murumba’s firstborn, Josephine Kirabo, 23 is pursuing a Bachelors of Law at Makerere University.

Other children are Joseph Mubangizi, 20, Paul Taremwa, 16 and Jenevive Kabahimba, 10.

Murumba boasted a Bachelor of Laws from Makerere University and a Legal Practice Diploma from the Law Development Centre.

He also secured a diploma in Business Law at Copenhagen Business School.

He served as State Attorney in Arua, Mbale, Mpigi, Mbarara and later Principal State Attorney at the office of DPP Office.

Murumba & Matsiko Company Advocates, in which he was a partner, have Branches in Kabale, Kampala, Mbarara and Rukungiri.

He stood for constituency Assembly Rubanda West in 1994 and then MP Rubanda West in 2006. He was expected to stand again for MP Kabale Municipality in 2016.

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