Tumwebaze: Mutende’s Death a Big Shock

The Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF) sports team has  left for South Korea to participate in the 6th World Military Games 2015 from October 1st to October 12th.

The team according to the UPDF spokesperson  Lt. Col Paddy Ankunda  was led by the Deputy CDF  Lt Gen Charles Angina , case Brig. Phenihas Katirima (Chief of Mission), nurse Capt Joseph Mutebi (Team Coach) and Capt Dr Robert Zavuga (Team Doctor).

The players include Sgt. Flavia Namakula Flavia (Golf ), Sgt  Michael Ssekabembe (Boxing )  and L/Cpl Simon Ayeko  (Steeple chase).

“Namakula won silver in 2014 at the Military Golf championship in Bahrain whereas Ssekabembe won was a commonwealth medalist in Glasgow Scotland,”Ankunda said.

According to the army spokesperson Ayeko is a defending champion and gold medalist at the 2011 International Military Sports Council in Rio de Janeiro, the capital of Brazil.

As a way of keeping the troops fit for the task and enhancing harmony and cohesion in the forces, the UPDF is promoting sports,”Ankunda noted.

He added that during the ongoing recruitment, the institution has set aside 88 slots for sportsmen and women.

Mid last month, Uganda hosted the  9th edition of the East African Community Military Games and Culture Events 2015 that brought together 5 countries where Rwanda emerged the winners.
Presidency Minister Frank Tumwebaze has paid a tribute to his departed counterpart, information pills James Mutende, saying the Industry State Minister’s death was “a shock to many of us who knew him.”


Mutende was found dead at his residence along Lukuli Road in Makindye on Saturday morning.

Several people who saw Mutende on Friday say he looked healthy and was in high spirits only to be told that he was no more.

ChimpReports understands Police have sealed off the deceased’s residence for a deeper investigation into the incident.

The body is said to have been taken to Nsambya Hospital for a post-mortem.

Tumwebaze said in a brief statement today that, “On Friday I was in office and saw his car parked outside. It had his campaign stickers. His death is a shock to many of us who knew him.”

The presidency Minister further said for the time he served with the deceased in cabinet, Mutende “was generally friendly and I had never seen him quarrel, grumble or even lament.”

Tumwebaze added: “He never spoke aggressively; he was sober, calm and simple. He was never proud despite the fact that he was highly qualified.”

“I am hurt and saddened by his loss.”

Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda said government had learnt with “deep sadness the untimely death” of Dr Mutende.

He said Government is “working with the family to obtain full details about the cause of death and to coordinate all the arrangements for burial. “

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