President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni in company of the First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports, Maama Janet Museveni on Monday paid tribute to the Late Hon. Cecilia Atim Ogwal, the Woman Member of Parliament for Dokolo District.
Hon. Ogwal, 77, who has been a Member of Parliament since 1996, breathed her last on 18th January 2024 in India after a short illness.
Attending a vigil to honour the fallen legislator at Parliament, President Museveni said he is saddened not to have fully worked together with Hon. Ogwal because of “politics of fragmentation”.
“I feel sad because of the politics of fragmentation. We couldn’t work together fully although we had similar qualities,” the President said.
“I have not worked optimally with Cecilia Ogwal, but I can tell you when I eventually met her I could see that she is a patriot.”
He advised Members of Parliament to always work together whenever there is an opportunity, especially on matters of national importance.
The President also informed the MPs that during the processes of the Constituent Assembly, the Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) was telling its followers to reject the activities but Hon. Ogwal was able to advise them that what they were doing was wrong, saying that all people must participate irrespective of their political affiliations.
He noted that Hon. Ogwal was a good leader whose contribution was suppressed by the bad atmosphere created by the politics of hatred.
President Museveni also lauded the fallen MP for her exceptional role in pacifying the Northern region which had been affected by the LRA insurgency and politics of hatred.
The legislator is scheduled to be buried on Saturday, January 27, 2023.