The governor of the Bank of Uganda, Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile, is dead. Mutebile, 72, died Sunday morning at a hospital in Nairobi, Kenya, according to an announcement by Deputy Governor Micheal Atingi-Ego.
Mr. Prof Mutebile was admitted to hospital on December 31, 2021 after briefly collapsing. He had been in and out of hospitals in recent years for complications related to diabetes.
A seasoned professional economist, Mr. Mutebile has served as governor and chairman of the board of directors at the Bank of Uganda since 2001, and had just started a new term of office for which he was reappointed in 2021. He served as secretary to the treasury from 1992 to 2001 when he was appointed governor.
Achievements under his leadership include restoring Uganda from the economic crises of the 1970s and 1980s to sound economic performance, as well as spearheading the design and implementation of the Economic Reform Programme.
He also worked as a consultant for multilateral and regional organisations including the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, Macroeconomic and Financial Management Institute of East and Central Africa, UK Department for International Development, the North-South Institute in Canada and for the governments of Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, Eritrea, and Nepal.