September 12, 2013

Parliament Pays Tribute to Former Lawmaker Fiona

Parliament on Monday morning paid tribute to the former Member of Parliament for Ngora County, Fiona Egunyu.

Egunyu passed away on Sunday, September 8th at Kitante Medical Centre at the age of 50 years.

A pall bearer carries the portrait of the fallen former MP Fiona Egunyu
A pall bearer carries the portrait of the fallen former MP Fiona Egunyu

Egunyu joined active politics in 1996. She served as an MP in the 6th Parliament but lost her seat in the 7th Parliament.

At the time of her demise she has been serving as a senior Presidential Adviser on legal matters.

Moses Ali, the 2nd Deputy Prime Minister moved the motion under rule 47 of rules of procedure for parliament to pay tribute to Egunyu.

The motion was seconded by Leader of Opposition Nandala Mafabi.

Moses Ali noted that as government, they are saddened by the demise of Egunyu who had rendered commendable service to the country and President Museveni.

Nandala Nathan Mafabi, the Leader of Opposition, noted that Egunyu lived an exemplary short life which he said should be reflected upon by everyone. He said that despite her short life, she had left a good legacy.

He said that Egunyu was passionate about human rights. In October 1999, Egunyu represented Parliament in Berlin, USA and Canada to discuss issues on human rights and political activities in the country. This visit Mafabi said led to a lot of changes in human rights and how they are handled in the country.

Mafabi noted that Egunyu also fought for women’s rights while representing Ngorwa County. Her work led to the introduction of micro-credit unions for rural women

MP Ekanya Geoffrey, representing Tororo County asked fellow MPs to reflect on how they should live in a positive manner that the generation to come will reflect upon but not to be a burden.

He asked that the Speaker of Parliament directs the legal and Parliamentary affairs committee to come up with a bill that will establish a memorial site for the country so that the good deeds of the fallen heros can be read and reflected upon by other people.

Ekanya said this will help people live better and productive lives.

MP Baba Diri Margret, Woman Representative of Koboko, noted that the late Egunyu was a vibrant, intelligent and eloquent person during her debating in the 6th Parliament.

She added that the late contributed a lot to see that issues concerning women in the country are considered.

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