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KEITH MUHAKANIZI November 24, 1957 - April 14, 2023

Date of Funeral

April 23, 2023

Keith Muhakanizi was born on 24th November, 1957 to Rev. Kosia and Zerida Kajwengye (RIP), in Kitojo, Buyanja, Rukungiri District. He was the 3rd born of Seven (7) children, in a family of Born-again revivalists (Abaishemwe). This upbringing, instilled in him a deep appreciation of God, the importance of education and the power of knowledge in transforming society.

In 1990, he married Janet Kamukama, with whom God blessed them with 3 wonderful children; Nahum, Siima and Noah.

He studied at the prestigious Ntare School from 1974 to 1979, for both Ordinary and Advanced Levels of Education. He went on to graduate from Makerere University with a Bachelor of Science (Economics) Degree in 1982. He later attained a Master of Science in Development Economics in 1989 from the University of Manchester, UK. Keith also acquired a Diploma in National Economic Planning and Statistics, from Warsaw in Poland 1984.

He started his career in the Ministry of Planning and Economic Development in 1982 as an Economist in the Macro Economic Planning Division.

Between 1988 and 2021, Keith served with distinction and excellence in various capacities under the merged Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development. Some of the key positions he held include; Acting Commissioner and Advisor to the Minister of Finance, Commissioner of Economic Development Policy and Research, Director of Economic Affairs, Acting Deputy Secretary to the Treasury and later Deputy Secretary to the Treasury. He was appointed Permanent Secretary and Secretary to the Treasury in May 2013, a position he held until July 2021 when he was appointed Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister.

Keith is credited for playing an instrumental role in the formation of the macro-economic policy and planning, financial and private sector growth in Uganda.

His expertise was in public finance management, budgeting and economic policy. As Deputy Secretary and Secretary to The Treasury, Keith played a key role in the attainment of Uganda’s Macroeconomic stability and economic growth while keeping public debt sustainable. He initiated and implemented several budget reforms and authored the revised Poverty Eradication Action Plan 2000 among others.

He played a key role in the establishment of the Single Treasury Account at the Bank of Uganda, a reform that eliminated multiple government accounts and government cash payments which greatly enhanced transparency and accountability in Government.

He also initiated and oversaw the implementation of the decentralized payroll which curbed the problem of ghost workers in Uganda. For this, he received accolades as an African role model.

Between 2000 and 2005, Keith initiated and implemented the Medium-Term Competitive Strategy for the Private Sector (2000-2005), the first of its kind in Uganda.

Keith served as Chairman and/or Member of the Board of Directors at several institutions including:

  • Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) Board.
  • PTA Bank (now known as TDB), where he successfully restructured the Bank from a loss-making Development Bank to a profit-making institution by the time he left the Board in December 2004.
  • The Uganda Industrial Research Institute.
  • Post Bank Uganda Ltd.
  • Housing Finance Bank Ltd.
  • National Housing and Construction Company Ltd.
  • East African Development Bank.
  • Uganda Energy Credit Capitalization Company and Economic Policy Research Institute.
  • Uganda Retirement Benefits Regulatory Authority.
  • Bank of Uganda.
  • Rural Electrification Agency.
  • Uganda Revenue Authority.

Keith also served as the Alternate Governor at the World Bank; Islamic Development Bank and African Development Bank.

Keith supported education and community efforts including spearheading the reconstruction of Kitojo Primary School, the Buyanja SACCO with a current loan portfolio of over Shs8.1 billion and an asset base of Shs 10.5 billion; and was also instrumental in the construction of the new Buyanja sub-county headquarters.

There is a Funeral Service at Kololo Ceremonial Grounds today, 22nd April 2023 starting at 09:00am.

Burial will take place at their home in Kabula, Lyantonde District on Sunday, 23rd April 2022 starting at 11:00am.

Informed are: Relatives, Friends and In-laws.




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