Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile

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Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile
Born (1949-01-27) 27 January 1949 (age 70)
ResidenceKampala, Uganda
Alma materDurham University
Bachelor of Science in Economics
Balliol College, University of Oxford
Master of Science in Economics
University of Dar es Salaam
Doctor of Philosophy in Economics
Nkumba University
Honorary Doctor of Philosophy
OccupationEconomist and Central Banker
Years active1979 to present
Known forEconomics, fiscal discipline
Home townKabale
Bank of Uganda

Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile is a Ugandan economist and banker. He is the governor of the Bank of Uganda, the central bank of Uganda. He was first appointed to that position on 1 January 2001 and was re-appointed for a second five-year term on 1 January 2006. In December 2015, he was re-appointed for a fourth five-year term, effective 12 January 2016.[1]


Tumusiime-Mutebile attended Kigezi College Butobere for his O-Level studies (grades S1-S4).[2] He then attended Makerere College School in Kampala for his A-Level studies (grades S5-S6).[3] In 1970, he entered Makerere University, where he was elected president of the university Students' Guild.[3]

He was forced to flee Uganda in 1972 after he gave a speech publicly criticizing the expulsion of Asians from the country by Idi Amin. He fled to England via Tanzania, and was able to finish his studies at Durham University, graduating with an upper-second in Economics and Politics.[4] In October 1974, he began his post-graduate studies at Balliol College, Oxford, before returning to East Africa. He entered the University of Dar es Salaam to lecture and conduct research while pursuing his doctorate in economics. In 2009, Nkumba University, a private university based in Nkumba near Entebbe, awarded him an honorary Doctor of Philosophy degree in recognition of his "great contribution towards the development of Uganda's financial sector".[5]


Between the year 1979 and 1984, Tumusiime-Mutebile was appointed to several government positions in Uganda ranging from deputy principal secretary to the president at State House in 1979, to undersecretary in the ministry of planning in 1981 where he rose to senior economist and then chief economist in 1984. In 1992, he was appointed permanent secretary to the newly combined ministry of finance planning & economic development, a merger that he had advocated while working under Minister of Finance Gerald Ssendaula.[6]

He is the longest serving chief executive in the Bank of Uganda's history.[7] He is credited with many of the sound economic policies adopted by the Uganda government at the urging of the central bank during the 1990s and the first decade of the 2000s.[6][8]

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Since 2006, he has been a visiting professor in the Department of Economics at Makerere University, the oldest and largest university in Uganda. Tumusiime-Mutebile is the chancellor of the International University of East Africa, a private university established in 2011, with an urban campus in Kampala, Uganda's capital.[9]

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  1. ^ Mwesigwa, Alon (23 December 2015). "Mutebile's contract renewed". The Observer (Uganda). Kampala. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  2. ^ Ssekika, Edward (14 August 2011). "Mbabazi, Mutebile to revive tormer school". The Observer (Uganda). Kampala. Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  3. ^ a b Badagawa, Philimon (27 June 2014). "Who Is Prof. Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile". Kampala: Uganda Campus Times. Archived from the original on 3 October 2016. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  4. ^ "Gazette, XXI". Durham University Archive. Retrieved 3 December 2018.
  5. ^ Bagadawa, Philimon (15 November 2009). "Nkumba University Shopping for 150 Computers". The Observer (Uganda). Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  6. ^ a b Kiggundu, Edris (22 February 2012). "Tumusiime-Mutebile faces uncertain future". The Observer (Uganda). Kampala. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  7. ^ Wafula, Walter (14 November 2010). "Can Governor Mutebile live up to his promise?". Daily Monitor. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  8. ^ Weiwei, Hu (8 April 2009). "Uganda's Economy Remains Positive despite Global Recession". English.Cri.Cn Quoting Xinhua. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  9. ^ Otage, Stephen (25 March 2014). "Varsity Names Mutebile Its New Chancellor". Daily Monitor. Retrieved 29 July 2014.

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