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Wilberforce Kisamba Mugerwa was born on July 5th 1945 to Late Lazaalo Kato Mugerwa and Late Miria Nakasi Mugerwa in Kikonda Village, Bamunanika Sub-county in Luwero District. He has been a Farmer and a Policy Development Specialist. His mission in life was to selflessly make the community better through sustainable development programmes.

  • He held a PhD in Agricultural Economics from Makerere University.
  • He was a Visiting Professor at Williams College Massachusetts, USA.
  • He was a Research Associate at Makerere Institute of Social Research, Makerere University.
  • Before his passing, he has been serving as the Board Chairman of the Microfinance Support Centre of Uganda (MSC) and also Chancellor of Ndejje University.
  • He served as the Chairperson of the National Planning Authority (NPA) from 2008 to 2018.
  • He was a Division Director of ISNAR under the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) based in Addis Ababa (2004-2006).
  • He served as a Member of Parliament for 25 years and a Cabinet Minister for various portfolio in the Government of Uganda.
  • He authored various books mainly on socioeconomic development areas of land tenure, poverty dimensions, demography and socioeconomic transformation and published various papers in referral journals.
  • Before his passing he had written a biography about his life in the book entitled “A Focused Journey” published in 2018.
  • He also wrote other books including “Luweero Triangle in the Limelight” and “Development Planning and Human Development– Celebrating 47 years of Career in Policy and Development Planning in Uganda” published in 2018.
  • At the time of his death, he was concluding the project on writing of a book titled “THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF THE GHETTO IN UGANDA”. He survived by his wife Christine Rebecca Kisamba Mugerwa and children; Proscovia Kisamba, Racheal Kisamba, Agnes Kisamba, Miriam Kisamba Bwengye, Esther Kisamba Bwisho, Norah Lubega and Jacob Kisamba. He also had two sons who passed on; Daniel Ssetumba (RIP) and Isaac KIbebefu Kisamba (RIP). They have been blessed with grandchildren; Priscila Kibuuka, Gloria Nalukwago, Destiny Atukunda, Devout Aturonda, Dominion Atumanya, Kristian Mugumya, Karl Mugisha, Splendour Lubega, Valour Lubega and In-laws Edwin Lubega, Grace Bwengye and Michael Bwisho.


  • December 2004: Senior Staff Leadership Course for the Consultative Group of International Agricultural Research (CGIAR): Harvard Business School, Harvard University; Boston, USA
  • 1990 – 1995: Makerere University, PhD (Agricultural Economics)
  • 1991: Coursework on Economic Theories and Development Policies, Course Relating to Land Tenure in Africa and Natural Resource Management at the Land Tenure Centre, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA.
  • 1987: Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex. (Certificate) Rural Research and Rural Policy – SCI 1987.
  • 1973 – 1975: Msc Agricultural Economics, Makerere University
  • 1968 – 1971: BA (Hons) Sociology and Rural Economy, Makerere University
  • 1966 – 1967: Kololo Senior Secondary School, Higher School Certificate, 3P & 2S HSC
  • 1962 – 1965: Bishop’s School Mukono, SI – SIV, 1st Grade Cambridge School Certificate.
  • 1960 – 1961: Wampewo Junior School, JI – JIII, 1st Grade
  • 1952 – 1953: Kikonda Preparatory School, Mumiyembe – Nursery


  • 2018- 2021: Board Chairman, Microfinance Support Centre
  • July 2007 to 2018: Executive Chairperson, National Planning Authority
  • 2009: Spring Semester, Visiting Professor (International Studies) at Williams College, Massachusetts, USA.
  • 1991 to 2021: Research Associate, Makerere Institute of Social Research, Makerere University
  • August 2004 – July 2007: Division Director International Service for National Agricultural Research (ISNAR) under the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • 1991 – 2004: Cabinet Minister holding different portfolios in the Government of Uganda Minister of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries.
  • April 05 1999 – 2004: Minister for General Duties, Office of the Prime Minister
  • 1996 – 1999: Minister of State, In-charge Planning and Rural Finance (Entandikwa), Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development.
  • 1994 – 1996: Minister of State, Office of the President responsible for the Rehabilitation of the former war-ravaged areas Luweero Triangle.
  • 1991 – 1994: Senior Research Fellow –Senior Lecturer: Development Economics and Head of Natural Resources Management, Mobilizing Funds for Research Projects, Team Leader of various Research Rural Projects at Makerere Institute of Social Research, Makerere University.
  • 1985 – 1991: Member of National Resistance Council (Parliament) also Senior Lecturer Land tenure and natural Resource Management.
  • 1980 – 1985: Member of Parliament
Burial will take place on Monday 11th January, 2021 at their home in Kikonda – Bamunanika Luwero, starting with a funeral service at 10:00am.

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