Uganda has lost a great international asset, Eric Kashambuzi, an economist, had big ideas for economic development across the world.
He passed away in New York after sudden illness which is suspected to be coronavirus. His death represents a serious blow to Uganda and to Africa. He was a prolific writer and his ideas for Africa can continue to spread through his books.
His many titles include: World Leaders at the UN General Assembly; Africa’s Lost Century – Who Is Responsible?; The Paradox of Hunger and Abundance; and, Critical Issues in African Development.
Kashambuzi was a consultant on international issues, and a human rights activist, opposing dictatorship in Uganda and elsewhere in Africa. He was a regular guest news analyst on Voice of America’s “Straight Talk Africa” with the legendary host Shaka Ssali.
He held many posts through the years, including with the United Nations Development Program in various capacities in Ethiopia, Zambia, Swaziland, and New York. He also worked with African ambassadors in New York, national governments, and intergovernmental organizations including the African Development Bank (ADB), Economic Commission for Africa, the African Union (AU), the Southern African Development Community (SADC), and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
He had also worked closely with various UN entities such as the General Assembly and its second and third committees.