By Kampala Post Reporter
Former UPDF chief of medical services Dr. James Makumbi has died.
Dr. Makumbi, also a former minister of health in the 1990s died on Monday from his home in Kayunga District.
UPDF Spokesman Brig Richard Karemire described the fallen medic as patriotic Ugandan with exemplary professional ethics.
“Honorary Brigadier Dr. James Makumbi will always be remembered for his patriotism and exceptional professionalism as UPDF Chief of Medical Services,” he tweeted.
The Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary, Dr Diana Atwine also tweeted saying, “I am deeply saddened by the passing on of Dr James Makumbi this morning. Uganda will dearly miss you. May he rest in peace.”
Dr. Makumbi was a Member of Parliament representing the people of Baale County Constituency. In 2001, Makumbi lost the MP seat to Sulaiman Madada.
Dr. Makumbi was appointed the UPDF chief of medical services in 2002. At the time of his death, Makumbi, 78 was a presidential advisor on health matters.
Face to Face with Rebels
In 1995, Dr. Makumbi was reportedly kidnapped by rebels led by UPDF renegade Maj. Herbert Itongwa on Gayaza Road near Kasangati. He spent three days in their custody and later freed because he was a wrong target.