Uganda mourns departed ex-attorney general Peter Nyombi

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The former Attorney General on Sunday evening succumbed to heart failure at SAS Clinic on Bombo Road, in Kampala where he was taken by family members.

Ms. Margaret Senyonyi, a relative of Nyombi said the former minister was attending a family meeting at Buziga, near Kampala, before complaining that he was unwell.

“Family members took him to the clinic between 8 pm and 9 pm today [Sunday] where he died. We are taking the body to the Uganda Funeral Services Funeral Home right now,” told reporters

A father of four, the fallen lawyer was the brother of Prof. John Musisi Senyonyi, the vice-chancellor of Uganda Christian University (UCU), and Ambassador Henry Mayega.

Having replaced Kiddu Makubuya, Nyombi served as Government’s main legal advisor for nearly four years, from May 2011 until March 2015.

A cabinet reshuffle saw him replaced by Fred Ruhindi, who would also be dropped a year later to give way for William Byaruhanga, the current Attorney General.

Nyombi also served as MP for then-‘Buruuli County’ in Nakasongola district, central Uganda.

He was born to a teacher [Eriakimu Kajja] and a housewife on April 23, 1954.

He went to Nakasongola Primary School and then King’s College Budo for his secondary education.

His academics further saw him study law at Makerere University and graduate in 1976 with a Bachelor of Laws degree.

The following year, Nyombi received a diploma in legal practice from the Law Development Centre (LDC).

For almost a decade since that time, Nyombi served as state attorney in the justice ministry’s department of public prosecution.

From 1986 until 1996, he worked as counsel in the Inspectorate of Government, after which he served as the director of legal affairs in the same office until 2001.

At a time of general elections, Nyombi joined Parliament after being elected as ‘Buruuli County’ representative.

In 2011, he was appointed Attorney General, a position he served in until 2015.

However, before joining politics, Nyobi worked for Ministry of Justice as a State Attorney, then, Senior State Attorney, then, Principal State Attorney, until he went to work with the Commission of Inquiry set up by the NRM government in the Prime Minister’s office.

He was also appointed Counsel to the Inspectorate of Government and promoted to the Director, Legal Affairs, in the IGG’s office.

But he later retired for private practice, until when he was elected MP for Nakasongola Constituency.

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