James Mutende

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James Shinyabulo Mutende
Born (1962-02-26)26 February 1962
Mbale, Uganda
Died 2 October 2015(2015-10-02) (aged 53)
Makindye, Uganda
Residence Kampala, Uganda
Nationality Ugandan
Ethnicity Mugisu
Citizenship Uganda
Education Makerere University
(Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine)
(Master of Business Administration)
New School University
(Doctor of Philosophy in Economics)
Occupation Economist, Politician & Academic
Years active 1987 — 2015
Known for Politics
Home town Mbale
Title State Minister of Industry
Spouse(s) Lydia Wanyoto Mutende

James Shinyabulo Mutende (26 February 1962 – 2 October 2015) was a Ugandan veterinarian, economist, academic and politician. He was the State Minister of Industry in the Ugandan Cabinet from 27 May 2011 until his death. He replaced Father Simon Lokodo, who was appointed State Minister for Ethics & Integrity in the Office of the President.[1] On account of being a cabinet minister, James Mutende was also an ex officio Member of Parliament. [2]

Background and education

He was born in Mbale, on 26 February 1962. After attending local schools, he was admitted to Busoga College Mwiri, an all-boys boarding secondary school near Kakira in Jinja District. He graduated from Mwiri, with the Uganda Certificate of Education in 1980 and with the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education in 1983. In 1984 he was admitted to Makerere University to study veterinary medicine, graduating in 1988 with the degree of Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine. In 1999, he was awarded the degree of Master of Business Administration, also by Makerere University. Later, in 2005, he received the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Economics from New School University in New York City.[2] He died on 2 October 2015.[3]


He began his career as a teaching assistant at Makerere in 1987, during his final undergraduate year, continuing in that role until 1989. From 1989 until 1994, he worked as a manager of one the branches of then government-owned Uganda Commercial Bank. From 1988 until 2009, he worked with the Uganda Investment Authority as an Investment Officer. From 2003 until 2005, he pursued his doctorate in New York, while working part-time as an Assistant Professor of Economics at The New School and concurrently carrying out financial development research at the United Nations offices in New York City.[2] In May 2011, he was named the State Minister of Industry and Technology.[4]

Personal life

Mutende came from a family of distinguished technocrats and politicians. His father Michael Mutende was the first Ugandan Town Clerk of Mbale Municipality, from 1964 until 1974. His uncle James Francis Wapakhabulo was Uganda's foreign minister at the time of his death in 2004. Mutende, a holder of a PhD in economics, was one of the three most highly educated ministers in Museveni's current government.[5]

See also


  1. Uganda State House, . (27 May 2011). "Comprehensive List of New Cabinet Appointments & Dropped Ministers". Facebook.com. Retrieved 19 March 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 POU, . (2011). "Profile of James Shinyabulo Mutende, Ex-Officio Member of Parliament". Parliament of Uganda (POU). Retrieved 19 March 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "State minister for industry Mutende dies". newvision.co.ug.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Kirunda, Abubaker (15 May 2014). "Uganda To Produce Cars by 2018". Daily Monitor (Kampala). Retrieved 19 May 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Nandudu, Prossy (2 September 2014). "Japan MPs Set Out To Promote Uganda's Tourism". New Vision (Kampala). Retrieved 19 March 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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