Hon Tuma Was a Role Model Right from Childhood- Justice Mwondha

Hon. Ruth Tuma represented Jinja Municipality in Parliament for two terms.

A somber mood engulfed Christ’s Cathedral Bugembe, buy the headquarters of Busoga Diocese as hundreds gathered for the last respect and prayers for fallen former legislator Ruth Tuma.

Supreme Court judge, lady justice Faith Mwondha has challenged parents to nurture their children into responsible and hard-working people whose legacy shall be praised forever.

Justice Mwondha notes that only people who are mentored and nurtured very well right from childhood benefit their communities because they will always reflect onto what was instilled in them by their parents, guardians or the community.

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“My sister lying before us bore all the qualities of a good leader right from childhood and to some of us who were younger, we enjoyed he tender care. No wonder she rose to the level of becoming a Member of Parliament where she left without any, dirt, dust or complaint and also had opportunity to head the committee for children affairs” she said.

The former inspector of government was addressing a congregation and requiem mass for the former woman member of parliament for Jinja district Ruth Tuma at Christ’s Cathedral Bugembe in Jinja on Friday afternoon.

Her words were reechoed by the first and retired bishop of Busoga Diocese Rt Rev Cyprian K. Bamwoze who was the preacher of the day. He said proper parenting is not only ideal for a growing and live church but also the society.

He later comforted the grieved family with words of the Lord in 2 Corinthians 12:9 following saying as human beings we should pride in our weaknesses such that the good Lord can finally perfect us.

“Remember that in such a situation, the Lord’s Grace is sufficient for you because His power is made perfect in our weaknesses” he said.

Earlier, Dr Moses Batwala challenged government to prioritize the health centre by equipping facilities with machine and equipment for diagnosing and treatment some of the killer diseases.

“Our leaders here at your respective capacities please help us lobby for machines that can equip hospitals with cancer screening machines but still the solution to cancer should be early screening to minimize treatment costs and this should be a priority by our government” Dr Batwala said.

The service was among others attended by all the bishops of Busoga; Cyprian Bamwoze, Dr Michael Kyomya and the current Bishop Moses Samson Paul Naimanhye and many Politicians.

Hon Tuma, the former legislator and wife to Rev Canon Dr Tom Tuma succumbed to colon cancer on Wednesday at Mulago hospital.

She was Jinja woman member of parliament between 2001 and 2011, where she headed the parliamentary committee for children affairs.

According to Dr Tuma, they were meant to celebrate their golden jubilee anniversary in marriage in June having been married since 1966 but due to the then ill-health of the wife, they had offered to
postpone it.

“It is now postponed indefinitely though the children were planning seriously to have us celebrate our marriage anniversary; I thank God for this wife because she loved me at a time we had nothing but had to bear till God lifted us from scratch” the widower noted.

She also survived with four children and will be buried on Saturday at Kaseghere in Namutumba district. She was turning 70 years on October 1


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