PRAY FOR MUTEBILE! BoU Governor fighting for his life, flown to Dubai


Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile, Governor of the Bank of Uganda, is reportedly fighting for his life, Pepper Digital has learnt. The 72 year old, whose contract was renewed on January 12th, 2021 for five years, has been at the helm of the central bank since 2001.

Sources told this publication that he was a few days ago flown out of the country for further treatment.

He was reportedly taken to one of the health facilities in the United Arab Emirates. This publication could not confirm whether he was still there or back in the country by the time we went to press.

Before a decision was made by family members to airlift him out of the country, sources informed us that Mutebile, whose sickness is known but can’t be revealed for ethical reasons, had to be admitted at Nakasero hospital for a full week. This was in September. He was later discharged and continued to be monitored from his Kololo home.

Mutebile’s health condition has also weakened his legs badly and most of the time is helped into his official Mercedes Benz car. Doctors have also seriously warned Mutebile to ditch his much loved bottle-Whiskey because it was taking a toll on his health. He has also been advised to go slow on his favorite goats’ meat (head). Until he was flown out of the country, the respected economist is understood to have been observing the advice of the specialists to the dot. Mutebile has spent months without going to the office. Before his health deteriorated, he has been carrying out duties from home and BoU officials have been severally seen there to get briefs from. He also sometimes relegates some of the duties to his trusted juniors.

BoU director communications, Charity Mugumya did not respond to our request for a comment.

Another official at the central bank, however, told us that “the Governor, like any other person, has a private life”. “I don’t see how an issue of health should be a newspaper story. This is quite unfair,” he said.

Pepper Digital insists that the public has the right to know about the whereabouts of top government officials running the country like Mutebile. He lives on the taxpayers’ money. He is more of a public property whose state of affairs must be kept under check.

Mutebile is the longest serving chief executive in the Bank of Uganda’s history. He is credited with many of the sound economic policies adopted by the Uganda government at the urging of the central bank during the 1990s and the first decade of the 2000s.


Meanwhile, Igara East Representative, Hon Michael Mawanda is moving to introduce a Private Member’s Bill.

The bill entitled, ‘the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, seeks to, among others, remove the Governor and Deputy Governor of Bank of Uganda from being Chairperson and Vice Chairperson respectively of the Central Bank. .

Mawanda said the decision making authority is bestowed unto the board which is headed by the Governor who also serves as the administrative head of the Institution adding that, ‘this creates conflict of interest’. Mawanda based his bill on the reports of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) and Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE) and the special audit report of the Auditor General on the closure of commercial banks where a lot of rot was exposed at the central bank.

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