Okurut Laid to Rest

help geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>The husband to Gender Minister Mary Karooro Okurut died on Sunday, prescription April 6.

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Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi on Wednesday moved the motion in Parliament to honour the Late Okurut.

He described the deceased as a “peace lover, tolerant and patriotic Ugandan.”

Okurut was born in October 1929 in Olwa, Kokong Parish, Kapir Sub County in the present day Ngora district.

He studied at St. Mary’s College of London University and Makerere University.

Mbabazi said Okurut had an “illustrious political career as a member of the Legislative Council (Legco), a State Minister for Works and Transport in the first post-colonial government and later served in various ministerial positions in the National Resistance Movement.”

Leader of Opposition, Wafula Oguttu, said he had shared social evenings with Okurut and found him “very objective, and a democrat who gave frank and objective advice” to those who needed it.

He said that Okurut’s death had united all politicians and that this should help Ugandans reflect on how to live their lives.

“As we honor the late Okurut, we should reflect on what contributions we are making to humanity and our country. Why should we be united only in death, why not work in unity all the time?” he asked.

“He worked for unity for Ugandans; as Ugandans we should focus on unity especially now that the country seems to be at crossroads,” he added.

In the Motion, Parliament conveyed its “deepest condolences to the bereaved family, friends and the nation as a whole upon the demise of this illustrious son of Uganda.”

It also took cognizance of the distinguished services rendered and the contribution made by the deceased as an “affable servant of his people and a peacemaker.” In addition, Parliament resolved to take cognizance of the deceased as “an accomplished politician who was a peace lover, a tolerant and patriotic Ugandan.”

Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, said it was Okurut together with other experienced and elderly politicians like Mrs. Joyce Mpanga, Hon. Mayanja Nkangi and Late Hon. Abu Mayanja, who showed them their way around on joining the National Resistance Council, in 1986.

“I commend their contribution as senior politicians in the development of democracy. (Hon. Okurut) was a very shrewd person and would always speak his mind,” said Hon. Kadaga, who described late Okurut as a “distinguished Ugandan.”

Okurut is survived by a widow, Hon. Mary Karooro Okurut, the Woman MP for Bushenyi and eight children.


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