It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of the distinguished former minister, Henry Kyemba, at the age of 84. A close family member, Mr. Christopher Katagwa, revealed that Mr. Kyemba succumbed to complications related to diabetes.
He peacefully departed this world on a Wednesday evening in Namugongo, a serene suburb of Kampala City, where he had been residing under the loving care of his eldest daughter, Ms. Susan Kyemba.
Mr. Katagwa, who is a nephew of the late Mr. Kyemba, expressed that diabetes had been a lifelong battle for the former minister. In recent times, his health had taken a significant downturn, leading to his withdrawal from public life. Mr. Katagwa shared these sentiments during a brief telephone interview on a somber Thursday morning.
Henry Kyemba was the youngest of seven boys born to the late Mzeeyi Suleiman Kisadha, a respected colonial chief in Mayuge District, and Sasana Babirizangawo. His family’s rich heritage and his own commitment to public service forged a lasting legacy that will be remembered for generations to come.
The details of his final journey and burial arrangements will be conveyed to well-wishers and the public in due course. What remains certain is that Henry Kyemba will find his eternal rest in the family’s ancestral burial grounds in Wanyama Village, Bugembe Ward, Jinja North Division, Jinja City.
Throughout his illustrious career, Henry Kyemba held several prominent positions, showcasing his dedication to the betterment of his nation.
He served as the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Culture in 1972, was the Minister of Health during the challenging period of President Idi Amin’s regime, and took on the role of Principal Private Secretary to President Milton Obote.
His commitment to public service did not waver, as he continued to serve his country as the State Minister for Animal Husbandry during the early years of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) regime, among other significant positions.
In Henry Kyemba, we remember a man of unwavering commitment, a true servant of the people, and a beloved family member. His contributions to Uganda’s history and his enduring legacy in the hearts of many will be cherished always. May he rest in peace.