MPs pay tribute to fallen Rotarian Owori

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Deputy Speaker Oulanyah lays wreath on casket with body of late Sam Owori

Parliament on Tuesday paid a special tribute to the fallen Rotary International president elect Sam Frobisher Owori.

The body of the late arrived in the country Tuesday morning aboard Turkish Airlines.

George Makdowa the Turkish Airlines manager sales and marketing at Entebbe airport told Daily Monitor the body failed to arrive in time because the casket was too heavy for the passenger flight which would have flown directly from Istanbul to Entebbe airport.

Owori’s body was not embalmed in the U.S. Instead it was frozen. It was later embalmed at Mulago department of anatomy.

Today, the body laid in state at parliament where legislators paid tributes to him.

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The special sitting was chaired by deputy speaker, Jacob Oulanyah, who also laid a wreath on the casket containing the remains of late Owori.

The Prime Minister Rt Hon Ruhakana Rugunda moved the motion to honour the late Owori who died in US while undergoing surgery on 13th July 2017.

In his justification for the motion, Rugunda described Owori as an accomplished gentleman who was set to assume the top leadership of the global Rotary fraternity as its international President in July 2018.

MP Bobi Wine was also present

He would have been the second African, and first Ugandan to ascend to this position in Rotary’s 110 year history.

A distinguished banker, economist and lawyer, Owori was a man of impeccable integrity and humility, Rugunda said.

“He demonstrated discipline and professionalism in the many responsibilities he held during his illustrious career.”

He added: “The pouring in of moving tributes from people of all walks of life, from ordinary people to top leaders from all over the world is testimony to the kind of man Sam was.”

On Wednesday, Rotarians will gather at Lugogo Cricket Oval to pay their last respects.

On Thursday, there will be a requiem service at Namirembe Cathedral before the body is taken to Tororo District.

On Friday the body goes to his home in Kidera Tororo District and burial will take place on Saturday.

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