Former Minister for Agriculture Dr. Wilberforce Kisamba Mugerwa has died of deadly coronavirus at Mulago Hospital where he was a few days ago with chest complications .
By the time of his death, Dr.Mugerwa was serving as the Chairman board of directors for National Planning Authority.
He has been a Ugandan agricultural economist, politician and academic, who serves as the Chairman of the Uganda Microfinance Support Center, a government-owned company established in 2001, that manages micro credit programs in Uganda, funded by the African Development Bank, Islamic Development Bank and the Ugandan government. Immediately prior to his current position, for the ten years between 2008 and 2018, he served as the chairman of the
In 1980, Mugerwa contested for Member of Parliament, on the Democratic Party (Uganda) political ticket, to represent Luweero South East. He won that contest, despite being shot in the arm at one of his campaign rallies. He served out his term (1980–1985). When the National Resistance Movement took over government in 1986, Kisamba Mugerwa successfully served as the first elected Local Council 5 chairman for Luweero District (1986–1991). He was then elected as a Member of Parliament representing Bamunanika County, beginning in 1991.
During the 13-year period from 1991 until 2004, Kisamba Mugerwa served as a member of the Uganda’s cabinet, at different levels, including as Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, Minister of State for Finance and Economic Planning, and as the Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry, and Fisheries. He resigned to take up an international job outside Uganda in 2004.