By Frank Kamuntu
Kampala: According to the press statement released on Friday (September 11, 2020) evening by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Assistant Secretary General of Economic Affairs at the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Secretariat, Ambassador Ahmed Ssenyomo, is dead.
A statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Public Diplomacy Department announcing Amb. Ssenyomo’s death reads in part thus;
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uganda wishes with deep sorrow to inform the public of the sudden death of Ambassador Ahmed Ssenyomo, which occurred today morning in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
At the time of his death, the late Ambassador Ssenyomo was the Assistant Secretary General of Economic Affairs at the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Secretariat, a position he was elected to in 2018.”
In the same vein, the General Secretariat of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has released a condolence message via a statement that reads;
“The General Secretariat of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) mourns with utmost sadness, Ambassador Ahmad Ssenyomo, Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Affairs, who passed away in Jeddah on the morning of Friday 11 September 2020.
The OIC Secretary-General, Dr. Yousef A. Al-Othaimeen, conveys his heartfelt condolences and sympathy to the government and people of the Republic of Uganda, to the family of the deceased and the OIC General Secretariat community, beseeching Allah the Almighty to grant the deceased His vast mercy and admit him to Paradise.
We are from Allah and to Him we shall return.”
Who was Ambassador Ahmed Ssenyomo?
Amb. Ssenyomo was born in Kyotera, Uganda in 1952. He studied languages and Simultaneous Interpretation at Al Alzar University, Cairo, Egypt receiving a BA in 1975. He went on to earn an MA International relations in 1986 from the University of Kent, Canterbury, UK.
Upon graduating from Al Alzar University, Amb Ssenyomo served as Translator, Announcer and Writer (Swahili Section) with the Egyptian Broadcasting cooperation in Cairo from 1974 to 1975 and as a Teacher (Arabic and French) at Kololo High school where he also Headed the Islamics Department from 1975 to 1976.