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The Life of Late Mr James Mulwana

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  • Nationality: Ugandan
  • Date of Birth: 24th July 1936
  • Sex: Male
  • Marital status: Married with three children


2.1 Commerce

In 1961, I got started in the import and export business.

2.2 Uganda Batteries Limited

Uganda Batteries Limited, an automotive battery manufacturing entity, was established in 1967, as Associated Battery Manufacturers Limited in partnership with Chloride (UK) Limited and in 1990 I gained full ownership of the company.

2.3 Nice House of Plastics Limited

In 1970, I established Ship toothbrush factory Limited whose name was later changed to Nice House of Plastics Limited on January 5,1995. The Company manufactures toothbrushes, household products, writing instruments like ball pens, packaging products soda and beer crates, jerry cans) as well as agricultural equipment (knapsack sprayers)


2.4 Jesa Farm Dairy Limited

In 1988, I founded JESA Mixed Farm, with a herd of 550 Friesian cows. Later, Jesa Mixed Farm’s operations expanded; leading to the establishment of Jesa Farm Dairy Limited (1994), with a milk processing, pasteurising and packaging plant to produce packed milk, butter yoghurt and cream.

2.5 Nsimbe Estates Limited

In 1992, I started Nsimbe Estate Limited, mainly involved in horticultural farming for export of cut flowers, in a joint venture with a German partner.

2.6 Jesa Investments Limited

Jesa Investments Limited is a Commercial Property Development entity I started in 2002.

2.7 Uganda Manufacturers Association (UMA)

In 1988, I spearheaded the revival of the Uganda Manufacturers Association and served as its Chairman till early November 2000. Currently I serve as Chairman, Advisory Committee. The Uganda Manufacturers Association has played an increasingly significant role as the leading representative of Uganda’s business community, addressing issues of importance not only to the manufacturing sector, but also to the overall private sector as a whole. The government of Uganda and the international Donors have provided the necessary moral support to the UMA and consulted the association on important matters of economic policy.

2.8 Standard Chartered Bank Uganda Limited

I was appointed a Director to the Board of Standard Chartered Bank Uganda Limited in 1992. In 1998, I was appointed Chairman (1998- to date)

2.9 Royal Kingdom of Thailand

In 1993, I was appointed Honorary Consul of the Royal Kingdom of Thailand to Uganda, a position I still hold to- date. In October 2008 I was promoted as Honorary Consul General , a position I still hold to date.


In 1995, BAT Uganda (1984) appointed me to its Board of Directors. Later I was appointed non-executive Chairman of the Board (1994- to date).

2.11 Private Sector Foundation Uganda

I was elected Chairman PSFU in 1996 until April 2008. Currently, I serve as Chairman Advisory Committee. Private Sector Foundation Uganda represents private sector interests to Government and the community and is funded by the Bank.

2.12 International Finance Corporation (IFC)

I was elected as a member to the International Finance Corporation Business Advisory Council in 1996, which has its headquarters in Washington D.C. The IFC is a member of the World Bank group and is involved in the direct financing of private sector projects in developing countries.

2.13 East Africa Development Bank Limited

East Africa Development Bank Ltd appointed me to its Board of Directors in June of 1999 to date. The Bank is involved in the direct financing of private sector projects within the East African countries.

2.14 East African Business Council

On June 6th 2003, I was elected as Chairman of the Advisory Committee of the East African Business Council. This is an apex body for the three partner states of Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania, who are under the East African Community. The Council brings together all Private Sector Associate of East Africa under the East Africa Community. It has a rotating Chairmanship and I was once the Council’s Chairman In 1999-2000.

2.15 Eskom Uganda Limited

I was appointed, as a Director of Eskom Uganda Limited in 2003 to date. Eskom is the company responsible for the generation of Hydro Electric Power in Uganda.

2.16 Insurance Company of East Africa Limited

I was appointed as a Director to the Board of Directors of ICEA in 2002 to date.

2.17 Zain Uganda ( Formerly Celtel Uganda)

I was appointed as Non-Executive Chairman of Zain Uganda in 2001.


3.1 Vice Chairperson, SOS Children’s Village

SOS Children’s Village is a charitable organisation, which takes care of the homeless children and orphans.

In June 2003, I was elected as the representative of the African Continent to the International Senate of the SOS Kinderdorf International General Assembly.

3.2 Patron, HOSPICE- Uganda

3.3 Trustee, Mengo Hospital

3.4 Board Member, Interplast Uganda

3.5 Board Member, St. John Ambulance Uganda



Chevalier in the National Order of Merit by the French Government in honour of my continued contribution in promoting the private sector

Appreciation Award for Distinguished Leadership of Uganda Manufacturers Association

Vocational Service Award, service above self, by the Rotary Club of Kampala Uganda.

The Investor of the Year Award for the best business promoter of the decade, by Uganda Investment Authority 1991-2001

The Monitor Award “Man of the Year’’-1993 by Monitor Publications, Kampala

Honorary Doctorate of the University of Nkumba in recognition of my leading role in the manufacturing and business sector

East African Most Respected CEO ( 3rd Place ) by PriceWaterHouseCoopers

East African Most respected CEO by PriceWaterHouseCoopers

Certificate of Award by Habitat for Humanity International

East African Most Respected CEO by PriceWaterHouseCoopers

Certificate of Honorary Membership by Rotary Club of Muyenga D9200

Presidential Transformers Appreciation Award presented by H.E President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni

UIA Recognition Award by Uganda Investment Authority in recognition to personal contribution to the success of the Commonwealth Business Forum 2007

PSFU Appreciation Award : In recognition of invaluable contribution to the Private sector Foundation as Chairman


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