Makumbi was working as a presidential advisor on health, after serving as health minister and army MP.
PIC: Brig. James Makumbi back in the day.
KAYUNGA - Presidential advisor on health Brig. James Makumbi passed on Monday morning at his village home in Kayunga central zone, Kayunga town council in Kayunga district.
Makumbi was found in his bed unconscious and when he was rushed to Kayunga Hospital, doctors pronounced him dead upon arrival.
He was the director of health services in the UPDF.
Edward Mwanje, a close friend to Makumbi, told New Vision that he rushed at the home of Makumbi’s home receiving a phone call from his house keepers who had had become suspicious, as their boss did not wake up around the usual time nor did he answer his phone calls.
“I immediately drove to the home and found my friend lying on the bed unconscious and we rushed him to Kayunga Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at the gate by the doctor,” Mwanje said.
Mwanje explained that after the doctors confirmed Makumbi’s death, the body was taken to Mulago Hospital for a postmortem examination.
“As Kayunga district, we have lost a person who had the district at heart, despite losing Bbaale County parliamentary seat in the 2001 general elections,” Mwanje said, revealing that Makumbi had been suffering from hypertension.
The NRM district chairman, Moses Karangwa, said the district has lost one of its veteran politicians, who strived to have Kayunga carved out of Mukono district.
“The late Dr Makumbi was very influential in advocating for the creation of Kayunga district when he was the Member of Parliament for Bbaale County. Even when he lost the parliamentary seat, he went ahead to develop Kayunga district at large,” Karangwa said.
Karangwa added that Makumbi was a strong NRM member, who never believed in conflicts with people in the party that had different views.
By the time of his death, Makumbi was constructing a storeyed structure, which currently houses the UMEME offices on Kayunga-Mukono Road in Kayunga town.
Makumbi represented Bbaale County in the seventh Parliament and lost the seat to Sulaiman Kyebakoze Madada in the 2001 general elections.
He was then appointed by the President Yoweri Museveni as one of 10 army officers to represent the UPDF in the eighth Parliament.
Makumbi is credited with the construction of several health centres, extension of electricity from Kayunga to Bbaale town and the construction of Kayunga-Bbaale road.
He headed Mulago Hospital in the 1980s, was health minister and was also presidential advisor.
Makumbi is remembered for having born the blunt of the Itongwa rebels in 1995. In February 1995, he was abducted by rebels together with a doctor friend in Magere, on Gayaza Road. He was released after three days.
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