Former minister of Tourism Maria Mutagamba has died at Case Clinic in Kampala.
Mutagamba has been battling liver cancer.
State Minister for Health (General Duties), Hon. Sarah Opendi has confirmed her passing today evening.
Mutagamba was first admitted at Lubaga hospital before being transferred to Case Clinic where she was put in Intensive Care Unit.
At the start of this week, Mutagamba could barely talk or recognise relatives when they visited her at Case hospital over the weekend.
Relatives say she has been in a lot of pain before succumbing to her illness Saturday evening.
“I am saddened by the passing on of Hon Maria Mutagamba .May Her Soul rest in eternal peace,” said Dr. Diana Atwine, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health.
Maria Emily Lubega Mutagamba, an economist and politician, was the Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities in the Ugandan Cabinet from 15 August 2012 until 6 June 2016.
From 2011 to 2012, she was the Minister of Water and Environment.
She also served as the elected Member of Parliament for Rakai District Women’s Representative, from 2001 until 2016.
She was born in Rakai District on 5 September 1952. She studied at St. Aloysius Senior Secondary School in Bwanda, Kalungu District for her O-Level studies (1967-1970).
For her A-Level education, she attended Mount Saint Mary’s College Namagunga in Mukono District (1971-1972).
She attended Makerere University from 1973 until 1976, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in economics.
She also holds a Diploma in computer programming from the ICL Computer School in Nairobi, Kenya, obtained in 1980, and a certificate in executive leadership from the John F. Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States, obtained in 1997.
She served as a banking officer with the Bank of Uganda from 1976 to 1980.
She was a director of the bank from 1991 until 1999. She was a Constituent Assembly delegate between 1994 and 1995.
Between 1999 and 2000, she served as the deputy secretary general of the Democratic Party.
In 2000, she was appointed Minister of State for Water Resources, a position she held until 2006 when she was appointed Minister of Water and the Environment. She held that position until 2012.
The other positions that Mutagamba has held include the following:President, African Ministers’ Council on Water, 2004 to 2012, Coordinator, Global Women Leaders Forum for Water and Sanitation, 22005 to 2012, Member, Nile River Council of Ministers, 2001 to 2012 and Vice chairperson, United Nations Task Force on Integrated Water Resource Management.
Maria Mutagamba’s husband, Tarsis Matthew Mutagamba, died at the age of 70 due to heart failure on 2 January 2004.