By Sandra Birungi
Enterprenuer and business man, James Mulwana is dead at the age of 76.
The business man owned several industries in Uganda like Nice House of Plastics Limited, Jesa Farm Dairy Limited, Jesa Investments Limited and Nsimbe Estates Limited. At the time of his death, he was the chairman of Standard Chartered Bank Uganda Limited.
Mulwana died at Nakasero hospital 5:00am after he was admitted to the hospital to be treated for stomach pains. His body is currently at Case Clinic in Kampala. The cause of death is yet to be established although doctors believe it was because of abdominal complications. Mulwana is survived by a wife and three children.
Last year, Mulwana raised concern over the country’s weak immigration laws which permitted the entry of more Chinese traders into the country who are involved in petty businesses. “Petty trade is not encouraged by the Chinese government. The onus is on the immigration departments of the relevant country to set certain rules one needs to follow and the amount of money that one needs to have to be considered an investor in a country,” he had said.
Mulwana started in the import and export business in 1961 and established Nice House of Plastics Limited in 1970. And in 1991, he gained full ownership of Uganda Batteries Limited. In 1988, he spearheaded the revival of the Uganda Manufacturers Association and served as its Chairman till early November 2000.
The industrialist was appointed a Director to the Board of Standard Chartered Bank Uganda Limited in 1992. And six years later, he was appointed its Chairman.