City Businessman James Mulwana is Dead!

James Mulwana

At the age of 76, Mulwana was considered one of the wealthiest men in Uganda. (File Photo)

Mr. James Mulwana a city Business man passed away Tuesday morning at Nakasero Hospital

One of his family members Mr. Denis Nyombi, a city lawyer, confirmed to 256news: “Yes, I stand by my word, Mulwana is dead. It’s very unfortunate.”

At the age of 76, Mulwana was considered one of the wealthiest men in Uganda and his death comes as shock, considering that he was not publicly known to be ill.

Sources say, he might have succumbed to stomach complications because at the time of admission he complained of stomach pains.

His legacy

In 1961, he got started in the import and export business.

–  He Was a CEO of Uganda Batteries Limited which was started in 1967 and in 1990 he gained full ownership of the company.

– CEO, Nice House of Plastics Limited which was established in 1970. The Company manufactures toothbrushes, household products, writing instruments like ball pens, packaging products soda and beer crates, jerry cans as well as agricultural equipment (knapsack sprayers).

– Jesa Farm Dairy Limited which was founded in 1988 with a herd of 550 Friesian cows. Later, Jesa Mixed Farm’s operations expanded; leading to the establishment of Jesa Farm Dairy Limited (1994), with a milk processing, pasteurising and packaging plant to produce packed milk, butter yoghurt and cream.

–  Jesa Investments Limited a Commercial Property Development entity he started in 2002.

–  In 1988, he spearheaded the revival of the Uganda Manufacturers Association and served as its Chairman till early November 2000. Currently he was serving as Chairman, Advisory Committee.

–  He was appointed a Director to the Board of Standard Chartered Bank Uganda Limited in 1992. In 1998, he was appointed Chairman (1998- to date)

– In 1993, he was appointed Honorary Consul of the Royal Kingdom of Thailand to Uganda, a position he still held to- date.

– In October 2008 he was promoted as Honorary Consul General, a position he still held to date.

–  In 1995, BAT Uganda (1984) appointed him to its Board of Directors. Later he was appointed non-executive Chairman of the Board (1994- to date).

– He was elected Chairman Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU) in 1996 until April 2008. Currently, he was serving as Chairman Advisory Committee.

– He was appointed, as a Director of Eskom Uganda Limited in 2003 to date. Eskom is the company responsible for the generation of Hydro Electric Power in Uganda.

– He was appointed as a Director to the Board of Directors of the Insurance Company of East Africa Limited ICEA in 2002 to date.

In August last year, he voiced concern over Uganda’s weak immigration laws that were fuelling the entry of more Chinese traders involved in petty street business.

“Petty trade is not encouraged by the Chinese government. The onus is on the immigration departments of the relevant country to set certain rules one needs to follow and the amount of money that one needs to have to be considered an investor in a country,” he had said.

Mulwana’s body has been transferred to Case Clinic for postmortem.

He is survived by a wife and three children.

May his soul rest in Eternal Peace.


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