Leaders in the country are mourning the death of former South African President Nelson Madiba Mandela who passed away on Thursday night at his home in Johannesburg. They have described him as a committed freedom fighter and selfless leader.
Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga on Friday noted that it is a sad day for Africans, for the world and humanity and all those who have been fighting for freedom.
She noted that Parliament is opening up a condolence book where the public and members of parliament are to sign and later the book will be sent to South Africa.
Kadaga noted that in addition to the book, Parliament on Tuesday next week will pay tribute to the late Nelson Mandela in a motion to be moved on the floor of parliament.
Kadaga noted that Mandela was able to sacrifice his personal life so that the majority of Africans can be free saying that for a young man to leave his wife, young children and take up the struggle not knowing the consequences and having to spend 27 years in prison was a big sacrifice which he did wholeheartedly.
Kawanga Ssemwogerere noted that Mandela fought a good fight against apartheid in South Africa in which fight he suffered alot and that due to his suffering he survived the oppression in his country afterwards and his fellow Africans.
Commissioner of Parliament Chris Baryomunsi noted that Mandela leaves behind a very challenging legacy particularly to those in political leadership. He notes that he was a selfless man who gave up earthly pleasures to fight for the liberation and peace of South Africans and all Africans.
He noted that the Parliamentary Commission agreed to open a condolence book were all members of parliament and members of the public are to sign starting today in memory of Nelson Mandela.
National Vice Chairman of NRM and MP Soroti Municipality Mike Mukula noted that Mandela was a great leader and spread the principle and spirit of forgiveness in his leadership.
Mukula noted that Mandela inspired mankind whose humility and simplicity was over riding and transformed South Africa as a revolutionary.