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Fridah Katuramu, the widow to the late says her husband died on Wednesday at around 8am at their home at Kiganda Round About in Hoima Municipality.

Metusera Tibigambwa Katuramu Amooti, the former prime minister of Bunyoro Kingdom has died at the age of 92-years. Katuramu served as Bunyoro premier from 1962-1967 under the reign of Omukama Sir Tito Winyi Gafabusa, the father of Solomon Gafabusa Iguru, the incumbent King of Bunyoro kingdom.
It was during his reign that the Obote I government abolished Kingdoms in 1967. It was also during his reign that government returned Buyaga and Bugangaizi counties under the leadership of Bunyoro Kingdom from Buganda, after the 1964 referendum. Fridah Katuramu, the widow to the late says her husband died on Wednesday at around 8am at their home at Kiganda Round About in Hoima Municipality.

Katuramu says her husband succumbed to chest pain, which saw him in and out of several hospitals. 82-year-old Fridah Katuramu describes her husband as loving and a teacher, who guided her all through. Wilson Nkuna Turumanya, the retired Bishop of Bunyoro Kitara the kingdom misses a hardworking and kind man in the deceased prime Minister.
Turumanya remembers Katuramu for supporting his studies, when he helped him secure a bursary from the Kingdom for his junior and high school education in the 1950s, during his tenure as head teacher Duhaga Junior School in Hoima.
Although the Bishop says he never witnessed the Katuramu’s reign as he was abroad, Turumanya believes he was one of the hardworking and honest prime ministers. He says this is reason he was crowned by King Sir Tito Winyi Gafabusa and has died a Mujwarakondo (Crown Holder).

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Katuramu also headed Makerere College. He later moved to civil service, where he served as Vice Chairman Public Service Commission and Vice Chairman electoral commission among other government positions. According to a tentative burial program, Katuramu’s body will lie in state at Rukurato hall on Thursday for the kingdom cabinet to pay their last respects.
A requiem mass service will be held at St.Peters Cathederal Duhaga on Friday before his remains are laid to rest at his other home in Kaitira village in Busiisi Division, Hoima Municipality on Saturday. The kingdom is scheduled to issue a statement on the former prime minister’s death on Thursday.

Below is a list of Bunyoro Prime Ministers up to the current one Reverend Jackson Nsamba Kasozi, according to the website http://www.worldstatesmen.org/Uganda.html

1898 - 1912              Paulo Byabacwezi (acting)         
1912 - 1917                ....
1917 - 1939                Petero Bikunya                             
1939 - 1947                Petero Nyangabyaki         
1947 - 1952                Balamu Jaberi Mukasa              
1952 - 28 Mar 1956         Martin D. Mukidi
29 Mar 1956 - 1962         Zakayo Hairoroa Kwebiha               
1962 - 1967                Metusera Tibigambwa Katuramu      
8 Sep 1967 - 11 Jun 1994  Post abolished
1994 -  6 Feb 1999         Yoramu R. Barongo
6 Feb 1999 - Jun 2001     Israel Kamanyire Ndahura 
Jun 2001 - Jan 2002        Leonard Kitaribara (acting)
Jan 2002 -  2 Dec 2006     Erisa Kagoro Byenkya
2 Dec 2006 -  7 Mar 2009  Aliba Kiiza                       
7 Mar 2009 - Jan 2012     Yabezi Kiiza(acting until 11 Jun 2009)
Jan 2012 - 23 Apr 2012     Bonny Kyaligonza (acting)          
23 Apr 2012 -              Jackson Kasozi Nsamba