Tuesday May 6 2014

Former Dep. Speaker and Kigezi MP Bisamunyu passes on.

Hosea Bigirwenkya, Nathan Bisamunyu and Henry

Hosea Bigirwenkya, Nathan Bisamunyu and Henry Barlow - who graduated from Makerere University College - The University College of East Africa, University of London. 

By Monitor Online

Former speaker and Kigezi Member of parliament Eli Nathan Bisamunyu has passed on at Mulago hospital this afternoon.
Eli Nathan Bisamunyu born in 1928 at Kasooni-Nnozi Mparo, Rukiga county, Kabale district. He started school In 1937 at Kihanga Vernacular Elementary School, a church-founded school near their home. And inspite of stiff competitions for scholarships among the few existing schools then, Bisamunyu won scholarships.

Bisamunyu then joined Kigezi high school and Mwiri college school together with the late Apollo Milton Obote, he became the first Ugandan to sit for cambridge certificate in 1948.

He then proceeded to Makerere College school (now Makerere University) as a student of political science, Literature and History and graduated in 1953, becoming the first student in the history of Kigezi to graduate.

While at Makerere in 1952, He founded the Uganda National Congress, with the likes of late John Babiiha and Abu Mayanja whic opened the door to his political career later on.

In 1962, Bisamunyu joined the legislative assembly as a representative of East Kigezi and slowly rose to the post of deputy speaker of parliament until the rise of Idi Amin in 1971, who desolved parliament.

Bisamunyu then retired from public service in 1989 and chose to leave a "quiet" life. In October 2003, the alumni of Kigezi High School where Bisamunyu also was a board member presented him with an Order of Merit for service to the school.

Bisamunyu was an ardent lover of the tennis sport, a game that kept him growing younger, he also cherished Kigezi high school which he said was so close to his heart not forgeting his love for the Uganda people's congress (UPC).