Jinja Former Legislator Succumbs to Cancer

Hon. Tuma (in set) was represented Jinja District in the 7th and 8th Parliament

Jinja District and Busoga sub region as a whole is yet in grief following the death of the former woman member of parliament for Jinja District Ruth Tuma who died of cancer.

Hon Tuma was Jinja’s woman MP in the 7th and 8th parliament and is remembered for championing the girl child education in Busoga as an initiative intended by the speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga.

In 2006, medications Tuma was defeated by the then District Speaker, information pills Agnes Nabirye and that ended her political career. Her efforts to regain her parliamentary position in the tenth parliament were shuttered in the
NRM primaries where she was among the least candidates.

According to Majid Dhikusooka, the NRM Vice Chairman for Jinja District and a family friend to Tuma, the deceased has been ill for a couple of months.

“She was recently rushed to South Africa for more medical attention before she was returned. Ever since then she has been in Kampala under tight monitoring and care by her husband Rev Canon Dr. Tom Tuma till she breathed her last this morning at Kampala International hospital,” he said.

Florence Mutyabule, the former Member of Parliament for Namutumba District eulogizes Tuma as a lady who was down to earth during her tenure as a legislator.

“She associated much with the rural women in providing coffee seedlings and banana suckers to them in a bid to improve their livelihood, I was even shocked when she was defeated and did not make it to the 9th parliament, Busoga has lost an innovative gallant daughter” she said.

The state Minister for Gender and Cultural Affairs in Busoga kingdom Joyce Abaliwano was equally grieved by Tuma’s sudden demise saying they were planning to begin gender programmmes throughout Busoga.

“We had just planned to kick start a number of programmes in support of girl-child education especially in line of their gender and culture. She had even suggested to me that we start special programmes for girls like the Kisakati for Buganda, it’s a pity she has gone too soon before any of these is implemented” Ms Abaliwano wailed.

Proscovia Katewera, the head of laity at Christ’s Cathedral Bugembe says Hon Tuma was also instrumental in mobilizing Christians especially women towards work to uplift their family standards.

According to close friends of Canon Tuma, the widower, he does not want her wife’s body to be taken to parliament like other former legislators for parliament to pay tribute but rather be buried quietly.

According to the tentative programme so far drawn, the body will be transferred from hospital tomorrow Thursday and a night vigil be held at their Kiira road home in Jinja town.

On Friday there shall be a requiem mass at Christ’s Cathedral Bugembe at 10am before the body is taken to Kasedere in Namutumba District where she will be buried on Saturday


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