Jack Maumbe Mukhwana, one of the founding members of the ruling National Resistance Movement-NRM party has died. Mawumbe breathed his last at Kadama in Budaka district on Monday afternoon. He was being rushed to Nakasero Hospital in Kampala for treatment when he dropped dead.
Ms Pamela Watuwa, the Mbale Deputy Resident District Commissioner, says the late Maumbe Mukhwana had been battling colon cancer.
According to Watuwa, Maumbe’s body is lying in the Mbale Regional Referral Hospital mortuary. She describes Mawumbe as a noble servant and a fighter for the liberation of Uganda.
Mr Michael Werikhe, the Bungokho South Member of parliament also described the late Maumbe as an NRM icon, who will be missed dearly. According to Werikhe, Maumbe has been a uniting factor for both the opposition and NRM politicians in Bugisu region, adding that he will be remembered for his role on Front for National Salvation-FRONASA and NRA liberation struggle.
By the time of filing this story, RDCs from Bugisu had converged at the home of Maumbe Mukhwana in Mabanga village in Bushikori parish in Bugonkho Sub County to commiserate with the Maumbe’s family.
Working with Museveni
On January 22, 1973, President Yoweri Museveni narrowly escaped being killed Idi Amin’s troops at Jack Maumbe’s home in Malukhu Estates in Mbale town. Idi Amin’s soldiers surrounded the house and demanded the occupants including Museveni to move out and identify themselves.
Two of his colleagues; Mwesigwa Black and Wunku Mpima a.k.a Kazimoto were not as lucky as they were killed in the ensuing fire. The third person, identified as Patrick Namatiti Bukeni managed to escape through the back door. The group later managed to escape into exile in Tanzania.
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