Muhakanizi has been one of the longest-serving technocrats in President Museveni’s government, died last evening at the age of 64 in Milan hospital India
Keith Muhakanizi was born in Rukungiri District to the late Rev. Kosia Kajwengye and the late Zeridah Kajwengye. He was born to a family of 7 children, 4 boys and 3 girls.
Muhakanizi’s mother was a very kind and ardent religious woman while his father Kajwengye pioneered evangelism in Rujumbura that later spread throughout East Africa.
In addition, they also taught families about the cleanliness of their families and personal hygiene, built schools, health centers as well as pioneering the best methods of farming in the region.
Talking about his parents, Muhakanizi said his parents did not get formal education but were very intelligent and were like degree holders.
His late father was the only one who studied up to primary four and was able to serve as a head teacher of a primary school for many years before joining church ministry.
While his mother was an uneducated woman, she did not attend any classroom. The only education she achieved was the mother’s union lectures, but she was an exemplary leader in their family.
WORK AND EXPERIENCE
Keith Muhakanizi is the current Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Finance. He took over the office from Chris Kassami.
Mr Keith Muhakanizi is both an ardent Development and Macro- Economist, and a Public Sector Management Specialist with thirty-eight years experience in Government, rising from an Economist to his present position as Permanent Secretary to the Treasury at Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development of the Republic of Uganda.
In the 1990s, he played a central role in the formulation and implementation of economic reforms that restored the macro-economic stability of Uganda’s economy.
Muhakanizi guided both the technical and policy development work in the preparation of successive National Development Plans.
More policy reforms and enhancing public financial management to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of public resource use to promote enhanced domestic resource mobilization.
Muhakanizi, who has been at the Ministry for more than a decade has been instrumental in designing major policy changes along with Chris Kassami.
Muhakanizi is also a board chairman of National Housing and Construction Company and a member of numerous other boards.
Muhakanizi serves as Board Member, Bank of Uganda and Chairperson Housing Finance Bank Limited, Uganda.
Muhakanizi is the Chairperson/Ex-official Member of the EPRC Board of management. He’s a former Director Economic Affairs at the Ministry of Finance and former Deputy Secretary Treasury at the Finance Ministry.
Keith Muhakanizi received credits for his contribution towards Uganda’s economic growth figures over the years.