Eng. Sottie Mukwasibwoha Leto Bomukama also known as Kajungu (a name given to him because he was very light skinned) was born in Kyamuhunga on 11th February 1952 to the Late Leto and Katarina Mukwasibwoha (Patera and Matera).
He grew up in Kyamuhunga with his 13 siblings and when his father Patera passed away, he and Dr. Addy Kekitiinwa were appointed as heirs and executers which role they have carried on including raising, educating and empowering the extended family.
He attended St. Joseph’s Nyamitanga Junior School for Junior education, Kitunga high school for O level education, Old Kampala Secondary School for A level where he did Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. He wanted to be a doctor but the biology class was full so he opted for Mathematics which led him to Civil Engineering. He pursued a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (Hons) from Makerere University which he completed in 1976 and later did a Master of Science degree in Water & Waste Engineering from Loughborough University of Technology, UK in 1983.
While at Makerere University, he met his queen Elizabeth Zaruguma and they got married in 1984. They were blessed with 5 children; Micheal, Nicholas, Clarence, Albert and Olivia Bomukama and 8 grandchildren; Solomon, Clarissa, Sottie, and Jayden Bomukama, Jeremiah and Micheal Bomukama, Natalia and Arthur Aryaija.
He joined the then Ministry of Lands, Minerals and Water Resources in 1976 as a Pupil Civil Engineer and worked with the water sector all his life. He rose through the ranks within the Uganda civil service, until he attained the highest level of Director-Water Development and later as acting Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Water and Environment. He is remembered for championing access to clean safe water for communities in terms of piped water supply systems to the urban centres, boreholes, Water for Production in terms of dams, valley tanks and irrigation systems across the country. He contributed greatly to strengthening cooperation on the trans-boundary based water resources management and represented Uganda on the Nile Basin Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) for over 8 years. He mentored several engineers in the water and sanitation sector, most of whom currently occupy leadership positions within and outside the country.
Upon retirement, he co-founded Kyamuhunga Tea Company with partners in 2013 as a vehicle to empower tea farmers in the Western region to market and export home grown tea.
Eng. Sottie loved the church. He was an ardent catholic who gave to the church and sponsored different clergy and church activities. He has been a father and mentor to hundreds of people including family members, the Engineering fraternity, farmers and the business community.
He was loved by many and he will be dearly missed.
Elizabeth Zaruguma Bomukama
- Micheal Bomukama
- Nicolas Bomukama
- Clarence Bomukama and Pamela Muhwezi Bomukama
- Albert Bomukama and Tosca Adukule Bomukama
- Olivia Kenyangi and James Aryaija
Professional affiliations and awards
- Member of the Institution of Public Health Engineers UK, 1984.
- Member of the Institution of Water Engineers and Scientists, UK, 1984.
- Member of the Institution of Water and Environmental Management, UK, 1985.
- Fellow of the Uganda Institution of Professional Engineers, 2004.
- Registered Engineer Uganda (RE 250), 1985.
- Strategic Manager of the Year, Ministry of Water and Environment, 2009.
- Distinguished Alumni, Loughborough University, 2011.
- Distinguished Water & Environment Policy Level Contributor, Ministry of Water & Environment, 2015
- Outstanding Assessor Award, Uganda Institution of Professional Engineers & Engineers Registration Board, 2015.
There will be a funeral service at Our Lady of Africa, Mbuya on 18th January 2021 starting at 9:00am.
Burial will take place at Kizinda, Bushenyi District on 19th January 2021 at 12noon.