Parliament eulogizes fallen ministers Etiang and Mugerwa
Parliament has paid tribute to two former Ministers, Rt Hon Paul Etiang and Hon Kisamba Mugerwa, recognizing their valuable service to the country which spanned over 50 years.
The motions to honor the two former ministers were moved by the First Deputy Prime Minister, Gen Moses Ali at a special siting of Parliament on Thursday, 04 February 2021.
The sitting was chaired by the Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga.
The two fallen MPs who succumbed to Covid-19 were hailed for the impact they caused in the lives of many as well as serving with dignity.
Etiang served as the Third Deputy Prime Minister, a cabinet minister for Transport and Communication, Minister for Regional Cooperation and in charge of Labor and Disaster Preparedness.
Gen Moses Ali said Etiang was a great diplomat during the time Uganda was under attack.
“Because of his diplomatic background , whenever he would give advice we would take it seriously,” said Gen Moses Ali adding that, ”the time this government has stayed in power, could partly be attributed to his counsels.”
To some MPs, Etiang provided a lasting memory of a politician who maintained a clean record in his entire career.
“We are proud that one can’t trace marks of wrongs in his service; to serve as an ambassador in Soviet Union, Organization of African Unity, a cabinet minister and you come out clean is not easy,” said Hon Silas Aogon(Indep., Kumi Municipality).
Legislators also praised late Kisamba Mugerwa for steering commercialization of agriculture during his service as the Minister for Agriculture.
”Mugerwa was one of the architects of modernization of agriculture in the country; he took upon the research pillar in the ministry and came up with the National Agricultural Research Organization and National Agricultural Advisory Services,” said Katikamu North MP, Hon James Byandala.
Nakaseke North MP, Hon Syda Bbumba said that several livelihood programmes adopted by government were initiated by Kisamba Mugerwa.
“The Entandikwa scheme was his initiative intended for Luwero but due to political pressure, it was rolled out to the entire country,” said Syda Bbumba.
The Minister for Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, Hon Vincent Ssempijja hailed Mugerwa for spearheading youth livelihood funds, funds for women groups and the micro finance programme.