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Parliament to pay tribute to late minister Henry Kyemba

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Parliament will tomorrow hold a special sitting to honour former Mealth Minister, the late Henry Kyemba.  According to a statement released by Parliament, the special sitting will start at 2:00pm

“The House will tomorrow, Tuesday, October 24, 2023 hold a special sitting to honour former minister, late Henry Kyemba. The body will be brought to Parliament at 11.00am with the sitting starting at 2.00pm,” Parliament said in a statement.

Kyemba succumbed to diabetes related complications on October 19, 2023 at URO CARE hospital in Kampala. He will be laid to rest on Thursday at his ancestral home in Bugembe, Jinja district.

Following his death, Ofwono Opondo, the government spokesperson said the deceased will be accorded an official burial.

Kyemba joined civil service on the eve of Uganda’s independence in 1962. He was the Principal Private Secretary to then Prime Minister of Uganda, Milton Obote. Following the 1971 Uganda coup d’état, he joined Amin’s cabinet, rising through the ranks to become the Minister of Health (1974–1977) during Amin’s regime.

Kyemba defected to London in 1977, where he wrote a book on Amin’s regime titled: “A State of Blood.” He returned to Uganda in 1986, and he served as Secretary of the Judicial Service Commission.

Kyemba was a fiercely dedicated member of the Rotary International movement, becoming Rotarian in 1987 as a Charter Member of The Source of the Nile Rotary Club now in Jinja City. Under Henry Kyemba’s influence and contribution, the Rotary Movement grew even bigger in Uganda to now include some 400 clubs as of 2023.

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