ailment http://crunchydomesticgoddess.com/wp-includes/functions.wp-date.php sans-serif; color: #222222;”>This was during a special sitting of Parliament to pay tribute to the late politician who served in government in different capacities even before Uganda gained independence.
In moving the motion to honour him, Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi, said that the late Okurut together with two other Ministers Ekinu and Akol Aporu in 1987 were sent on a peace negotiation mission with then UPA rebels where Ecweru was a member.
The two were abducted by the rebels resulting into death of two Ministers leaving late Okurut who spent nine months in captivity.
Mbabazi described the late as an accomplished politician, patriot and peace lover and that he has been one of the surviving legislators who served in legislative council before Uganda got independence.
Several MPs showered him with praises describing him as a true statesman who even hated tribalism by marrying a wife who is from another region-west.
However, several members kept castigating UPA for abducting and killing the ministers until Ecweru defended himself.
Ecweru said the UPA rebellion came up because of three things among which was that Museveni’s generals, especially Brig. Katagara and Brig. Matayo Kyaligonza, were involved in what he called outright theft of their cows, there was continued witch-hunt for all soldiers who had served in UNLA and also arrest by Museveni forces against 69 prominent elders of Teso who were accused of supporting rebels.
He says the trio was arrested because the rebels wanted them to write to government demanding the release of the 69 elders who were arrested and also withdraw of officers who had looted their property.
Widow Karooro (2nd left) and relatives of the deceased at Parliament today
The late Okurut served in several capacities in government, among others as Minister of Labour, Minister of Sports (1986-1988) and Minister of Transport.
Okurut will be buried in Ngora district, Kokongo village on Thursday this week .