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Emmanuel Lubega Muwonge was born in Masaka, Uganda, on November 5, 1956, to the late Felix and Elizabeth Muwonge.
Emmanuel valued education and completed schooling at both Bukalasa Minor Seminary and Katigondo Major Seminary, before realizing his passion for law. He then came to Minnesota, where he earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of St. Thomas in 1981. His education journey led him to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he went on to earn both Master’s and Juris Doctorate degrees from Marquette University in 1984 and 1987, respectively. Once Emmanuel began his law career, he practiced with “Competence, Compassion, and Concern” for all clients he came across during his thirty-four-year career. Emmanuel was not only a dedicated attorney but a strong family man and a member of various communities in Milwaukee and other communities within the diaspora.
In his free time, Emmanuel enjoyed music (especially Lingala), dancing, watching home renovation television shows, and enjoying various staples from Uganda such as katunda and mubisi.

While Emmanuel dealt with Sickle Cell disease throughout his life, he still managed to work hard and be present for his family, no matter his physical ailments. He always envisioned a better life, not only for himself but for his family and friends, and his home country, Uganda. He was involved with both the Sickle Cell Warriors in the Diaspora and the Sickle Cell Health Care Organization (SCHO) in Uganda and served as a mentor to young sickle cell patients. Every day, he showed, through his actions, that a good life was possible, despite the disease.

Emmanuel also had a deep love for his Buganda culture and traditions and always upheld these traditions in everyday life. He continuously shared his love of the pursuit of justice with everyone and enjoyed healthy debates on all topics, including politics in Uganda.

Although Sickle Cell disease was his lifelong battle, Emmanuel ultimately succumbed to Colon Cancer. Despite his sudden diagnosis in March 2022, he never complained. He remained both positive and hopeful, and was determined to fight until the end. Emmanuel passed away on May 7, 2022 at 2:12pm Central Standard Time, surrounded by his family.
Emmanuel was preceded in death by his parents, Felix and Elizabeth (nee Nabakooza); his sisters: Sarah Nvanungi, Imelda Nansamba and Solome Nakanwagi; and his brother, Felix Kitatta.

He leaves to cherish his memory: his beloved wife and best friend of over 42 years, Florence (nee Katende); his children, Genevieve Namuleme, Sarah Namatovu and Andrew Lubega; his younger brothers, Godfrey Yiga (Rita Luswata-Muwonge) and Edwin Bukenya; sisters, Monica Nabukenya, Maria Nayiga, and Annet Nabukeera; and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and other relatives and friends.

Burial will take place at their ancestral home in Kasaala today on Tuesday, 21st June 2022 at 02:00pm.

Informed are: Relatives, Friends and In-laws.


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