Senior citizen, former finance minister and Buganda Katikkiro, Joash Mayanja Nkangi is dead

Joash Mayanja Nkangi, the former Buganda Katikkiro has died at 85. Nkangi’s death was confirmed on Monday morning by his daugther Josephine Mayanja Nkangi.

Mr Nkangi had recently been admitted to Nakasero hospital in Kampala, undergoing treatment for pneumonia while pending transfer to India for further treatment.

In a statement to the media earlier in the week, Josephine Mayanja Nkangia had said, “Until this week, we didn’t really know what the extent of the damage was. The doctors said it was pneumonia. However, on Sunday, my father took a turn for the worse. An oncologist was called in and on Monday, we learnt that dad is seriously ill.” 

Mr Nkangi retired from public service in 2014 after a career spanning over 50 years both in the service of the government of Uganda and the kingdom of Buganda.

Nkangi had previously served as minister of finance, Attorney General and Justice and Constitutional Affairs minister. He was the Katikkiro (Prime Minister) of Buganda during the 1966 crisis.

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