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The Government Chief Whip, Hon. Justin Kasule Lumumba in moving the Motion to pay tribute to the deceased on Tuesday said that Hon. Oketcho was a shining star of the Eighth Parliament who was rated highly in the Parliamentary scorecard.
“While in Parliament, he together with the likes of Hon. Wandera Ogalo were the architects of the Budget Act, which gave Parliament a powerful oversight role over how national resources are allocated and spent,” she said.
The late William Oketcho Odumu was born on 28th May, 1949 in Paya Sub-County, Tororo District. He graduated from Makerere University with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in 1974. He later pursued a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Nairobi, which he completed in 1977.
He served in various capacities including as Area Manager of Uganda Airlines in Italy, Kenya and Tanzania. After leaving Parliament, he served briefly as Chairperson of the board of National Water and Sewerage Corporation in 2013.
Hon. Lumumba added that the Hon. Oketcho he was a diligent Member of Parliament who provided a distinguished service to the country.
The Chief Opposition Whip, Hon. Cecilia Ogwal who seconded the Motion said Hon. Oketcho was a man of integrity, an accomplished legislator and a believer in transparency.
She added the late could have been wrongly suspended from the board of National Water and Sewerage Corporation.
“Government should honour him by pronouncing itself on his suspension from the chairmanship of the Board of National Water and Sewerage Corporation. This suspension could have impacted on his health,” she added.
Hon. Sam Otada (Kibanda County) described the late as a transparent and accountable person and also called on government to ascertain the circumstances that surrounded his suspension from the board. He added that Hon. Oketcho spoke with authority and from an informed point of view.
Members debating the Motion lauded Hon. Oketcho for his exemplary leadership of the Budget Committee and his transparency and openness.
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 and also for his distinguished service to the country.”