Former Amin’s Minister Kisaja Magumba dies at 86

Former Amin’s Minister Kisaja Magumba dies at 86

By Our Reporter 
Henry Kisaja Magumba Kyemba simply known as Henry Kyemba who was born 8th February 1937, to Suzana Babirizangawo Mutekanga and Suleiman Kisajja, a colonial administrator in the Bunya County in Busoga has passed on.
Kyemba was a Ugandan retired political figure who held several high positions and finally became Minister of Health during Uganda’s rule by Idi Amin.
He served in that post from February 1974 until May 1977, when he fled into exile. He is also the author of State of Blood, a 1977 book he wrote after his flight from Uganda that describes Amin’s tyranical rule.
He attended local primary schools, before joining Busoga College Mwiri in Jinja for his Cambridge School Certificate (1951-1956). He was at Makerere University between 1957 and 1962 and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) History.
Kyemba holds a master’s degree in history from Northwestern University, Evanston, US and a Certificate in African studies from the same university. He also holds an Honours degree in history from the London University.
Career
Kyemba joined the Uganda civil service on the eve of Uganda’s independence from Britain in 1962. He was the Principal Private Secretary to then Prime Minister of Uganda, Milton Obote.
Following the 1971 Ugandan coup d’etat, he joined Amin’s cabinet, rising through the ranks to become the Minister of Health (1974–1977) during Amin’s regime. Kyemba defected to London in 1977, where he wrote a book on Amin’s regime titled: “A State of Blood.” He returned to Uganda in 1986, and he been serving as Secretary of Judicial Service Commission.

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