James Makumbi, a former Baale county Member of Parliament, tried to regain the seat but lost to dramatist Sulaiman Madada in the 2001 election. In February 1995, Makumbi hit the headlines when he was kidnapped by rebels led by renegade UPDF Maj. Herbert Itongwa on Gayaza Road near Kasangati but he is now dead.
Former Health minister and UPDF medical services chief Dr James Makumbi has died.
The Doctor died moments after his arrival at Kayunga hospital on Monday morning.
A family member told the Daily Monitor that the former Minister spent the weekend at his country home in Kayunga, and was rushed to Kayunga hospital over undisclosed illness.
Dr Diana Atwine, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health, has confirmed Dr Makumbi’s death.
“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 Atwine said.