‘Sad news reaching us indicates that former State Minister for Tourism Hon. Maria Mutagamba has passed on.
Mutagamba has been hospitalized at Case Hospital in Kampala, where she was admitted a few days ago.
The Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Health Dr Diana Atwine on Saturday evening announced Mutagamba’s death on her twitter wall.
“I am saddened by the passing on of Hon Maria Mutagamba .May Her Soul rest in eternal peace,”
This website understands that the former minister, who had quit competitive politics by the time of her death, succumbed to liver cancer.
She was first admitted at Rubaga Hospital, which referred her to Case hospital when her condition worsened.
Mutagamba was also reportedly suffering from Gallstones. Gallstones occur when cholesterol and other substances found in bile form stones.
Maria Mutagamba will be remembered for her significant role in boosting Uganda’s tourism sector and organizing Miss Tourism beauty pageant.
Before serving as State Minister for Tourism, Hon. Mutagamba was a minister for water and environment.
Maria 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 grneral 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.
Mutagamba also held other positions.
May her soul rest in eternal peace.