Mayanja Nkangi: The Patriotic Man of Honesty and Integrity

Mourners on Wednesday poured their hearts out as they eulogized former Finance Minster and Buganda Katikkiro Joash Mayanja Nkangi at Namirembe Cathedral.

The former Constitutional Affairs and Lands Minister died on Monday at Nakasero hospital at the age of 85.

Speaking of the late, this site his daughter Josephine Mayanja Nkangi described the deceased as a loving and caring man who never spent a minute without checking on his close relatives to find how they were.

“To him, everybody was good and expected them to live to that expectation, ” Josephine said of her dad.

Josephine Mayanja Nkangi eulogizes her dad.
Josephine Mayanja Nkangi eulogizes her dad.

“He loved reading and learning new things on top of music and dancing. Whenever he heard any kind of beat, he would shake and hum to it.”

The former justice and constitutional affairs minister was described by fellow learned friends as a custodian of the values every lawyer ought to represent in society.

Former premier Amama Mbabazi lays a wreath.
Former premier Amama Mbabazi lays a wreath.

“He left with us the attributes of honesty and integrity that that we all ought to carry on in our daily lives. Not only did he live to them in the legal sector but in the entire society at large,” said Uganda Law Society president Francis Gimara.

Former Buganda Katikkiro, Joseph Mulwanyamuli Ssemwogerere described Nkangi as down to earth despite becoming the kingdom premier at a young age.


He said that despite serving Buganda in difficult times where the kingdom was abolished by the then president, Mayanja Nkangi as the premier kept the spirit alive.

Buganda Katikkiro Mayiga lays a wreath.
Buganda Katikkiro Mayiga lays a wreath.

“He was a clean man both on appearance and heart. His hard work saw him study from the village in Masaka to Budo and then to Oxford University which was not a small achievement by then,” Mulwanyamuli said of the late.

Serving Buganda Katikkiro Charles Peter Mayiga described the deceased as a rare character who never believed in amassing wealth for himself but worked for his kingdom and the country at large.

“He served as an MP, Minister and Buganda Katikkiro but never embezzled any money like the many government officials we have now,” Mayiga said.

He urged that the country ought to borrow a leaf from the life of the deceased whose contribution will never be forgotten.

The NRM Secretary General, Justine Kasule Lumumba described him as a man of humility who had the love for his country.

The widow Ruth Nusbuga speaks
The widow Ruth Nusbuga speaks

Lumumba said that the late Nkangi was able to balance between service to the Buganda kingdom and the central government.

“He treated people equally as he respected them. He lived a life of a role model who never insulted anyone even if provoked,” the NRM Secretary General said of the late.

The Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi said the deceased wholeheartedly serve the country for over 5 decades with an impeccable record.

“He earned himself a special place in the history of this country,” Ssekandi said.


Born on August 2, 1931 to the late Isaya Lugemwa and Josephine Nantale at Kanyogoga in present day Kalungu district,Joash Mayanja Nkangi was the fourth born of eleven siblings.

He attended Kabungo and Koko primary schools before joining Kako SS in 1943 and later Kings college Budo in 1945.

Nkangi later joined Makerere University for a Bachelors in Maths and Economics before joining Oxford in 1955 for a Masters in Economics and Public Finance.

He also had a degree in law from Lincoln Inn of Courts, London.


He served as minister of finance from 1963-64 before being appointed the Katikkiro of Buganda in 1964 up to 1966.

Nkangi also served as minster for labor from 1985-January 86.

Minister of education, finance, planning and economic development; Minister for justice and constitutional affairs.

He also served as chairman for Uganda Land Commission.

He is survived by 4 children.

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