James Mutende, Ugandan politician, died at 53

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James Shinyabulo Mutende, born on February 26, 1962 and died October 3, 2015, James was a Ugandan veterinarian, economist, academic and politician.

James was the State Minister of Industry in the Ugandan Cabinet from 27 May 2011 until his death.

He replaced Father Simon Lokodo, who was appointed State Minister for Ethics & Integrity in the Office of the President.

On account of being a cabinet minister, James Mutende was also an ex officio Member of Parliament.

James Mutende was born in Mbale, on 26 February 1962.

After attending local schools, he was admitted to Busoga College Mwiri, an all-boys boarding secondary school near Kakira in Jinja District.

James graduated from Mwiri, with the Uganda Certificate of Education in 1980 and with the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education in 1983.

In 1984 he was admitted to Makerere University to study veterinary medicine, graduating in 1988 with the degree of Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine.

In 1999, James was awarded the degree of Master of Business Administration, also by Makerere University.

Later, in 2005, he received the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Economics from New School University in New York City.

James Mutende died on October 3, 2015 at age 53.