Minister wants Water ministry re-named Mutagamba

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Namugwanya Benny Bugembe

A minister on Tuesday shocked Members of Parliament when she suggested that the ministry of Water and Environment be named after the deceased former minister, Maria Mutagamba.

Maria Emily Lubega Mutagamba was the minister of tourism, wildlife and antiquities in the Ugandan Cabinet from 15 August 2012 until 6 June 2016.

From 2011 to 2012, she was the minister of water and environment.

She also served as the elected Member of Parliament for Rakai District Women’s Representative from 2001 until 2016.

Mutagamba who succumbed to liver cancer at Case hospital in Kampala last week was yesterday eulogised by Members of Parliament while her body laid in state.

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That was when Benna Namugwanya Bugembe, the State Minister for Kampala Capital City Authority and Mubende District Woman Representative in the 10th Parliament, gave her suggestion.

Minister Namugwanya proposed that the ministry of Water be named after the late Mutagamba during a session presided over by Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga.

Namugwanya did not get an immediate response to her suggestion and all Ugandans can do is wait and see if this will be put into effect.

Mutagamba was a coordinator for Global women leaders’ forum on water from 2004-2012.

Meanwhile, MP Ssemujju Nganda asked Ugandans to learn from the late Mutagamba on how not to burn bridges after crossing from the opposition.

The casket containing Mutagamba’s body arriving at Parliament

She served as deputy secretary General for Democratic Party [DP].

“I wish we could find a solution for health insurance for the ordinary Ugandan,” Kadaga also pointed out.

Earlier, President Yoweri Museveni paid his last respects to Mutagamba at the Parliamentary building lobby in Kampala.

Parliamentary Speaker, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga, 1st Deputy Prime Minister and Deputy Leader of Government Business in Parliament, Gen. Moses Ali and the Government Chief Whip, Ruth Nankabirwa, received the President.

Museveni, who laid a wreath on the casket of the late Maria Mutagamba, later met family members of the fallen former Minister at the Parliamentary Building.

The family members included her children Martin Mutagamba, Marian Mutagamba and Michael Mutagamba.

Others in the meeting were Mr. and Mrs. Muthiani, Mr. Paul Kyabaggu and the Deputy Head of Public Service Commission, Ms. Hilda Musubira.

The Mutagamba’s mortal remains rest eternally today in Rakai district.

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