Dr. Steven Malinga, the minister disaster preparedness is dead. He succumbed to heart failure. He was 69.
The deceased’s daughter in law, Sister Okello, the senior nursing officer at Mbale Regional Referral Hospital, told the media that Dr. Malinga had just finished eating supper at home in Butebo when he collapsed and died.
Sister Okello says they were shocked of his death as he had not complained of any ill health at the time he collapsed and died.
The Pallisa DPC Anatoli Katungwensi confirmed to us that Prof Malinga got a complication at his home in Butebo and was declared dead at Butebo Health Centre IV at about 10:00pm Thursday night.
His sister however said Dr. Malinga has been battling with hypertension (High blood pressure) for a long time, and it is suspected that he succumbed to high blood pressure.
Christine Amongin, the Minister in charge of Teso Region, confirms the minister’s death. She said she received a call from the deceased’s family confirming his death.
According to Amongin, by the time of filling this report, his body was still lying at his home in Butebo as they were preparing to bring the body to Mbale Regional Referral Hospital Mortuary.
Dr. Malinga had a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree from Makerere University. He was also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and Fellow of the International College of Surgeons. He was a specialist in Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
Between 1973 and 1977, he served as a consultant at Cook County Hospital, Chicago, Illinois in USA. From 1978 until 1985, he served as the Chairperson in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Jackson Park Hospital, Chicago, Illinois, USA. He then served as a consultant at Ingalls Memorial Hospital in Harvey, Illinois a suburb of Chicago.
In 1996, Dr. Malinga returned to Uganda and entered politics.
He was elected Member of Parliament for Butebo County, in Pallisa District, in 1996, a position he held up to the tine he died.
He served as the chairman of the UPC caucus in the 7th Parliament until March 1st, 2005, when Dr. Stephen Malinga shocked everyone after he crossed to the NRM ruling party by accepting a Movement tee-shirt from President Museveni, who was on a tour of eastern Uganda.
He served as the Minister for Health from 2006 until 2011, when he was appointed as Minister in charge of Disaster Preparedness.
He is survived by two widows and six children.
His son, Lt. Oscar Akol died in May last year when a blaze from a car that was being repaired at home in Mutungo (Kampala) engulfed him.