Parliament Eulogizes Gen. Julius Oketta

Speaker Jacob Oulanyah pays last respect to the late Julius Oketta

Members of the 10th Parliament have on Monday paid tribute to the departed army officer and Member of the 9th Parliament, more about Maj. Gen. Julius Oketta who passed away last week.

Prime Minister, symptoms Ruhakana Rugunda moved the motion to eulogize the fallen General during a special sitting that had members recalled from recess, which is expected to end on November 14.

The sitting was chaired by the Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Oulanyah.  The session attracted army officers, ministers, former legislators and members of the East African Legislative Assembly who included Chris Opeka, NisulaKiperu and Fred Mukasa Mbidde.

In his speech, Rugunda said of the General as a man that dedicated his life to the stability and development of Uganda. Oketta passed on while serving as the Deputy Chief of Operation Wealth Creation.

The body of Gen Oketta arrive in Parliament

The body of Gen Oketta arrive in Parliament

Parliament resolved to take cognizant of the services and contributions of Oketta rendered to the people of Uganda and Africa as a freedom fighter and an intellectual.

Gen Oketta died of blood clot in the lungs after being rushed to Kadic Hospital in Kampala as a result of complaints of chest pain.

“The General died at Kadic Hospital in Kampala after complaining of chest pain on Friday 4th. The postmortem report revealed that he died of massive pulmonary embolism which is a blood clot in the lungs.”

The Premier said that the fallen general who served in the 9th parliament had a medical history of blood clots and that this was what resulted in the heart attack that he suffered last week.

While seconding the motion to pay tribute to the late Gen.Oketta, the Leader of Opposition Winfred Kiiza praised Gen Oketta for promoting respect for civilian authority and urged all military officers to borrow a leaf from him.


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