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  "I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do, or any kindness or abilities that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer it or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again."                                                                                                 William Penn                 





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I met the late Honorable Maria Lubega Mutagamba on several occasions, and each time I must say that I was taken aback by her kindness and warm spirit. She was this same way each time I met her and doing the brief moments I spent with her. She was so down-to-earth and very approachable for a high- ranking government official.  Even though she seemed to be a soft-spoken woman of grace and humility, Ms. Mutagamba stood strong for what she believed in, and she was dedicated to what she wanted to accomplish. 

Meeting her was like meeting someone you have known for years, almost like meeting an old friend or a member of your family. It is no wonder that she was loved by so many- professionals, tourism officials and lay persons alike. She always seemed to have a sparkle in her eyes or a kind word to offer. It was a pleasure to meet her, and I am honored that I got to know her however briefly.

I was moved emotionally when I heard about the death of my friend across the water, and I was reminded of the above quote by William Penn, an American advocate of democracy and religious freedom who helped to plan the city of Philadelphia. I always tell my two daughters, who are world travelers to live this way as they visit different countries. Enjoy and do all you can because you may never visit the place again. Ms. Mutagamba was a world leader who definitely left a positive mark. Her soul is now at peace in eternity.  - Kitty J. Pope

About Maria L. Mutagamba

Ms. Mutagamba served as Uganda’s Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities from 2013 to 2016 where she was a strong advocate for the conservation of the environment and for sustainable tourism development. She was instrumental in reviving “Miss Tourism Uganda” to elevate the development of young women and for the promotion of Destination Uganda. As a government official, Ms. Mutagamba also once served as Water and Environment Minister where she is remembered for her contribution to sinking valley tanks and dams, and for her works for the cause of water-related issues.

HonMaria Mutagamba WEBOther positions that the late Mutagamba once held included: Chairperson of the Nile Council of Ministers, Coordinator of the Global Rain Water Harvesting Network, and a Goodwill Ambassador for Sanitation for East Africa Region. She also once served as Chairperson of East African Community Sectorial Council on Tourism and Wildlife Management, Vice President of the UNWTO General Assembly, a member of the United National Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation and the president of the Africa Travel Association.

  An economist and politician, Ms. Mutagamba was also a social change agent. She held a BA in Economics from Makerere University- Uganda, an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the McMaster University, Canada and a Diploma in computer programming from the ICL Computer School in Kenya. She was granted a certificate in executive leadership from the John F. Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge Massachusetts, USA. Ms. Mutagamba once served as an elected-member of Parliament as Rakai District Women's Representative of Ugandan Afro Existentialist Discovery of Art and Nature in Jamaica.

   The late Minister Maria Mutagamba at Tree Planting Ceremony on Banks of Nile River in Uganda  

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