Fallen Kayunga Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Hajji Nsereko Mutumba was a sick man while at the RDCs’ induction retreat at Kyankawanzi, The Inspector has exclusively learnt.
Famed for being a levelheaded patriot and senior Muslim scholar and cleric, Mutumba died in the wee hours of Wednesday morning in what appears to be an abrupt death.
His death was confirmed by Deputy Presidential Press Secretary, Faruk Kirunda, who eulogized him as a peace-loving and developmental leader who will be dearly missed.
“The death of Hajji Nsereko Mutumba, the RDC Kayunga, is a big blow. A respected opinion leader, he worked for peace, unity, and development among Ugandans. His absence will be deeply felt. Inalillahi wainailaihi rajiun,” Kirunda said in a Wednesday morning tweet.
Presidency Minister Milly Babalanda also hailed late Mutumba for his great works, calling his passing ‘sad’. “Friends, what a sad day, with the death of Hajji Nsereko Mutumba, the RDC, Kayunga district! May allah’s mercy prevail. Burial is today at 4pm in Mugongo, Kyengera,” Minister Babalanda tweeted Wednesday morning.
Mutumba’s death comes as a shock to many, especially as it happens barely three days after he returned from the National Leadership Institute (NALI) – Kyankwanzi where he and hundreds of fellow recently appointed RDCs and RCCs were inducted from 25th to 31st July, 2022.
SICK AT KYANKWANZI
Sources say Mutumba was found unresponsive in his bed on Wednesday morning and was pronounced dead on arrival at Rubaga Hospital. His cause of death wasn’t clear but an RDC who was with him at Kyankwanzi revealed that while at NALI, the elderly scholar showed signs of fatigue and ill-health, although his condition looked manageable and not fatal at all.
“He took some medication every day to manage what appeared to be asthma and pressure but he was well,” the RDC said on condition of anonymity.
It has emerged that aware of his frail health, Hajji Mutumba was cautious not to strain his body and as a result he always skipped the routine morning physical exercise drills.
“He always preferred to remain in bed and would joking tell us that ‘those (exercises) are for you young men because for us we did more than enough of them while fighting to bring peace to Uganda; now is my time to sleep soundly’,” the RDC said.
By the time of his death, Mutumba had just been appointed Kayunga RDC. But before the appointment, he served for a long time as a spokesperson for Uganda Muslim Supreme Council (UMSC) Spokesperson; a position he resigned in 2020.
Largely known as a local of Mugongo in Kyengera Town Council, Wakiso district, where he will be laid to rest at 4pm Wednesday; Mutumba actually hailed from Katooma in Buganga County, Isingiro district in Western Uganda.
May his soul rest in eternal peace!