The late Jack Maumbe Mukhwana, one of the founding members of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party died a poor man, according to the Mbale Municipality MP, Jack Wamai Wamanga.
While addressing mourners at the requiem mass for the late at St. Andrew’s cathedral on Friday evening, Wamanga lambasted government for ignoring Maumbe despite his noble contribution to the country. Maumbe died at Kadama in Budaka hospital on Wednesday this week while being rushed to Nakasero Hospital for treatment for colon cancer.
Colon cancer occurs in the colon or rectum. It is highly treatable once discovered early enough. Wamanga faulted government for failing to come to the rescue of Maumbe in his hour of need. Wamanga told mourners how Maumbe’s family struggled to find money to rush him for treatment in Kampala.
However, Wamanga’s revelation didn’t go down well with Michael Werikhe, the Bungokho South Member of parliament. Werikhe told the mourners that there was no need for Wamanga to repeat the claim in church, since he had said the same in parliament.
Beth Maumbe, the Widow to the late Maumbe and Manafwa Deputy Resident District Commissioner, narrated to the mourners the genesis of her husband’s illness. According to Beth Maumbe, her late husband started complaining of stomach complications four years ago. Medics diagnosed him with septic ulcers and enrolled him on treatment.
She says that in 2015, Maumbe complained of severe stomach pain and continued with treatment, adding that he fell sick again in November last year and went for further treatment. Beth Maumbe says in mid January medical tests revealed that the late had developed colon cancer and was referred to Nakasero Hospital or abroad for treatment.
She however, says they couldn’t afford the treatment abroad due to lack of funds and instead opted for Nakasero Hospital. He says government promised through the Office of the Prime Minister to take Maumbe abroad for treatment but he passed on before this could be done.
The late Maumbe will be laid to rest at Mabanga village in Bushikori parish in Bungokho Sub County his afternoon that will be preceded with a funeral service at Bungokho sub county headquarters this morning. President Yoweri Museveni is expected to attend the burial. Maumbe was among the first recruits into the Front for National Salvation (Fronasa), a rebel group started by Museveni in the early 1970s to fight the Idi Amin’s government.
Maumbe also served as Deputy Information Minister in Museveni’s government, Bungokho County Member of Parliament and later Kumi and Pallisa Resident District Commissioner. He is survived by a widow, Beth Maumbe, six children, and nine grandchildren.
– Uganda Radio Network